Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Additional Books for sale
Last week I visited the book collection of a rabbi, ordained in 1932, who died in the early 1970's in Chicago. His daughter gave me some of the books that she wanted to get rid of. Most of the books were pretty ordinary, but some had interesting dedications. Mordecai M. Kaplan, the founder of both the Young Israel Movement and Reconstructionist Movement wrote Judaism as a Civilization in 1934. This was the basis for all his later philosophical works. Kaplan wrote a dedication in a first edition of this book to the rabbi. The rabbi had been one of his students. Other books with Kaplan's dedication are listed by dealers with prices ranging from $250-695.
H. Pereira Mendes (1853-1937), the rabbi of Shearith Israel, the Spanish Portuguese Synagogue, write the book Esther and Harbonah in 1917. While the book is nothing special, this copy has a full page dedication to Jacob Schiff (1847-1920). Schiff was a wealthy financier and philanthropist. His firm Kuhn, Loeb was one of the two most powerful banking houses in the United States. He gave generous support to Jewish Theological Seminary, Yeshiva University, Barnard College, Jewish Publication Society and many others. He competed with his brother-in-law who endowed the Loeb Classics at Harvard University. Schiff supported the Jewish Publication Society's Jewish Classics series.
The list of books for sale has been updated to include these and about 800 others. Find them at: http://home.earthlink.net/~byls-press/BYLS_Book_sale1.htm. Most of the books are also listed on Amazon.com. My list includes subject headings and all the author names are listed as they appear in library catalogs.