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)

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

Machzor for Pesach (Form of Prayers for the Feast of Passover), by Alexander Alexander, London 1807.

Alexander Alexander was a pioneer of Hebrew printing in London, producing books with English translations from 1771, starting with an ashkenazi prayer book in Hebrew with English translation.  His great rival was the "erudite hatmaker" David Levi, also producing books during the same period. This book was one of a set of a new edition … Continue reading Machzor for Pesach (Form of Prayers for the Feast of Passover), by Alexander Alexander, London 1807.

Machzor for Rosh Hashana – The Form of Prayers for the New Year according to the custom of the German and Polish Jews, David Levi, 1807

This is a Georgian Machzor, the second edition of the David Levi Machzor, printed posthumously in 1807.  It was revised by Isaac Levi and has a bold portrait of Chief Rabbi Solomon Hirschell as its frontispiece, that is actually dated 1808.  It was printed by E. Justins press at 34 Brick Lane, Spitalfields.  My copy … Continue reading Machzor for Rosh Hashana – The Form of Prayers for the New Year according to the custom of the German and Polish Jews, David Levi, 1807