BIOGRAPHY OF DAVID AARON DE SOLA, LATE SENIOR MINISTER OF THE PORTUGUESE COMMUNITY IN LONDON
by De Sola, Abraham
Philadelphia: Wm. H. Jones & Son, 5264. 61,pp. Original printed wrappers. Spine and edges somewhat chipped, small tear and cracking near joint of front wrapper. Author's name in ink at upper left of front cover. Light toning. Nearly very good. David Aaron De Sola (1790-1860) was a Dutch rabbi and scholar who became leader of the Bevis Marks Congregation in London during the mid-19th century. Although he was based in England, his influence was felt in North America via his son, Abraham De Sola (1825-1882), the author of this pamphlet, who adapted his father's translation of the Hebrew Liturgy for American use. The younger De Sola fist came to North America in 1847 in order to take up his appointment as leader of the Shearith Israel Congregation in Montreal, and became influential in both Canada and the United States as a defender of orthodoxy against Reform Judaism and was later known for his bilingual edition of Jewish prayers and adherence to strict translation. There is a good deal of Hebrew text in this publication as well, which is devoted in great part to chronicling the scholarly achievements of his father, and includes a two-page bibliography of the elder De Souza's academic and religious works in English, Hebrew, German, and Dutch. GOLDMAN, HEBREW PRINTING IN AMERICA, 63. (Inventory #: WRCAM52180)
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