Two Pesach Machzorim, both Rev. D. A. De Sola, London, 1860.

These are two nicely bound copies of the Festival Prayers, according to the custom of the German and Polish Jews, translated by Rev. D. A. De Sola, Minister of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews (at Bevis Marks).  They were printed and published by P. Vallentine in 1860. The first one belonged to Mrs. E. Gompers.  … Continue reading Two Pesach Machzorim, both Rev. D. A. De Sola, London, 1860.

Haggadah Shel Pesach, M. L. Cailingold, London 1939

Here is another interesting British Haggadah.  It was published in London by M. L. Cailingold in 1939 and apparently sponsored by Lloyd Rakusen and sons (see the last image below). M. L. Cailingold was owned by Moshe Leib Cailingold (pronounced Tzailingold) who came from a bookselling family in Warsaw and died in 1967. He arrived … Continue reading Haggadah Shel Pesach, M. L. Cailingold, London 1939

The Children’s Haggadah, Abraham Morritz Silberman, Erwin Singer, Isidore Wartski, Arthur Saul Super, London 1948

This is the classic Children's Haggadah.  I was given one (not this copy) as soon as I could read Hebrew. This famous Haggadah was by Rabbi Abraham Moritz Silbermann, who was born in Hungary and had Semicha from the Berlin Rabbinical Seminary.  He was a publisher and bookseller. It was illustrated by Erwin Singer, a … Continue reading The Children’s Haggadah, Abraham Morritz Silberman, Erwin Singer, Isidore Wartski, Arthur Saul Super, London 1948

Selichos for the Proprietory and Penintential Days, and for the Minor Fasts, translated into English by Dr. David Asher, London 1866.

This was the first translation of the Selichos - the Penitential Prayers into English.  The translator was Dr. David Asher.  He was the son of the synagogue reader in Dresden, Germany, and his father died when he was five years old. He entered the Dresden Gymnasium, but his mother could not pay the fees, and … Continue reading Selichos for the Proprietory and Penintential Days, and for the Minor Fasts, translated into English by Dr. David Asher, London 1866.

Megillas Esther – The Book of Esther, by the Rev. Asher Perlzweig, London 1932

Or, to give the full title: The Book of Esther Arranged With The Traditional Cantilation and Punctuation By The Rev. A. PERLZWEIG With Prefatory Note by THE REV. DAYAN H. M. LAZARUS. Reverend Asher Perlzweig (1876-1942) was born in Kamenetz Podolsk in the Ukraine in about 1876. He studied composition in Vienna and in London … Continue reading Megillas Esther – The Book of Esther, by the Rev. Asher Perlzweig, London 1932

Machzor Im Kavanat Hapaytan, London 1771 (two volumes)

This is the first set of Machzorim - Festival and High Holy Day Prayers - printed by Jewish printers and published in London. It is a two-volume set, published in 1771 by Moses ben Gershon and partners. Prior to this similar volumes, published in Saltzbach and Furth were in use. I have several examples of … Continue reading Machzor Im Kavanat Hapaytan, London 1771 (two volumes)

The book of Job (Iyov) – Liber Jobi in versiculos metrice divisus; accedit canticum Moysis, Richard Grey, 1742.

This is an example of early Hebrew printing in England.  The earliest book printed by a Jewish printer was printed in 1770.  This book, published in 1742, demonstrates that Hebrew typefaces were available in the British Isles at an earlier period when the only Hebrew printing was done by non-Jews.  My copy has a fine … Continue reading The book of Job (Iyov) – Liber Jobi in versiculos metrice divisus; accedit canticum Moysis, Richard Grey, 1742.

The Fourth World Haggadah, Joel Harris and Jack Schuldenfrei, WUJS, London 1970

The Fourth World Haggadah was published 50 years ago by the World Union of Jewish Students. It is an activist Haggadah, aimed at Jewish students of the late 1960s and early 1970s. It includes a full traditional Haggadah, with commentary by Joel Harris and a new English translation by Jack Schuldenfrei. "This Haggadah is offered … Continue reading The Fourth World Haggadah, Joel Harris and Jack Schuldenfrei, WUJS, London 1970

Machzor leChag Hashavuos – The Form of Prayers for the Feast of Pentecost, London, 1807

This is the sixth and final volume of the second edition of the set of David Levi Machzorim, as revised by Isaac Levy.  At the end, it includes the long and interesting subscription list of those who paid in advance for copies of the book, with their names and addresses.  The prayer for the king … Continue reading Machzor leChag Hashavuos – The Form of Prayers for the Feast of Pentecost, London, 1807

Shar Hatefillah VeSeder HaAvodah – Daily Prayer Book, London 1830 – copy of Alexander Levy

This is an interesting Siddur with historic family inscriptions (for which, read below).  It was printed in London in 1830, in Hebrew with an English translation. Older siddurim are less common than Machzorim and this one has wear on the correct pages - at one time it was well used. It is well bound in … Continue reading Shar Hatefillah VeSeder HaAvodah – Daily Prayer Book, London 1830 – copy of Alexander Levy