THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE HISTORY OF THE JEWS OF ENGLAND—THE YERUSHALMI COPY
(JUDAICA) TOVEY, D'Blossiers. Anglia Judaica: Or the History and Antiquities of the Jews in England. Oxford: Printed at the Theatre, 1738. Quarto, period-style full tan calf gilt, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, raised bands, red morocco spine label, marbled endpapers. $5500.
First edition of the first comprehensive history of the Jews of England, very handsomely bound. From the library of renowned scholar and author Yosef Yerushalmi, with his inkstamp.
"Though concentrating on the medieval period, the work contains a section on the resettlement and on the English Jews of his own day. It shows appreciation of the magnitude of royal exploitation of the Jews in the Middle Ages and a healthy skepticism of ritual murder charges" (Encyclopedia Judaica 15: 1291). Roth A3: 42. From the library of Yosef Yerushalmi, famed Harvard scholar and author of Haggadah and History, among other works, with his red inkstamp on title page; infrequent ink marginalia.
A fine wide-margined copy, very handsomely bound, with distinguished provenance. Rare.