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Lot #    9389
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 1:28:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    The Conciliator of R. Manasseh Ben Israel
Author    [First English Ed.] E. H. Lindo, Translator
City    London
Publisher    John Wertheimer & Co.
Publication Date    1842
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. Two volumes, xxxii, 312; iv, 336 pp., 205:132 mm., crisp copt, light age staining, marbled edges. A very good copy bound in contemporary half calf and printed marbled paper, corners tipped in, spine in compartments with red title labels, lightly rubbed on edges.
   Reconciling apparently discordant biblical passages. The first part appeared in Spanish (1632); afterward in Latin, the remaining three parts appeared in Spanish only (164151).

Manasseh Ben Israel (16041657), was born a Marrano in Madeira and baptized as Manoel Dias Soeiro. His father, Gaspar Rodrigues Nunez, escaped from Lisbon after appearing as a penitent in an auto-da-fe and settled in Amsterdam, where he took the name Joseph ben Israel and renamed his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh. Manasseh became a member of the Hevrah for Talmud Torah at the age of 12, began to frequent the yeshivot when he was 14, made his first public oration in Portuguese when he was 15, and at 17 wrote his first book, Safah Berurah, a grammatical work (unpublished). Manasseh succeeded R. Isaac Uzziel as preacher to the Neveh Shalom congregation in 1622. He founded the earliest Hebrew printing press in Amsterdam (1626), where he continued to publish works in Hebrew and Spanish (Portuguese) for the remainder of his life. He was a prolific and influential author. He is also remembered for his attempts to gain entry for the Jews into England.

Paragraph 2    Elias Hayyim Lindo (17831865) settled in London after a mercantile career in St. Thomas (West Indies) where he was president of the Jewish community. He published an English translation of Manasseh Ben Israel's Conciliador (1842), A History of the Jews of Spain and Portugal (1848), and a Jewish Calendar for Sixty-four Years (1838) containing much historical information. Some of his unpublished translations of Jewish classics are in the library of Jews' College, London.
   C. Roth, Life of Menasseh ben Israel; Waxman II pp. 695-99; Wolf, Menasseh ben Israel's Mission to Oliver Cromwell (1901)
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
England:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
Other:    Religion
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First Editions:    Checked
Language:    English
Manuscript Type
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