(Consecration of a House)
Order of service for the consecration of a house, as used for many years past in London, under the sanction of the late Chief Rabbi Dr Hirschel, with a prayer written by him expressly for the occasion. Arranged for private use by a member of the Congregation.
Vienna, “published by permission, and sold by Jacob Kirschbaum, 24 Mansell St Goodmansfields, London E.”, A.M. 5624 (i.e. 1864).
8vo. xiv + 38pp. Original decorative printed wrappers, neatly rebacked. Pages creased at top outer corner, also a small dampmark at lower blank margin and some spotting.
We offer this as being something of a bibliographical rarity, although its connection with architecture is somewhat tangential. It should be noted that although the text is in Hebrew, pages ix-xiv carry an English-language preface and there is also an English translation of Rabbi Hirschel’s prayer. It is interesting that the religious authority of Rabbi Solomon Hirschel (1762-1842), London’s Chief Rabbi from 1802 onwards, was such, some twenty years after his death, that this little pamphlet should have been printed as far away as Vienna (its printer is named both on the volume’s title leaf and on its wrappers as “C.M.Hellmann, printer, Vienna”). OCLC records copies at the National Library of Israel, University of North Carolina and Staatsbibliothek, Berlin, only.