Very Good. Item #5748
Philadelphia: Printed for the Author by Collins, 1865. 12mo; ix, [x], 11-152pp. Gray paper-covered boards with brown leather spine. Boards edgeworn with a 2" x 2.5" loss to paper at bottom back exposing board, chipping along edges of leather, and some general smudging to surface. Hinges cracked with some distress along gutter, but boards still solidly secure. Foxing to endpapers with some toning to interior. Page binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Guide to Hebrew grammar for students of the Pentateuch. Jacob Mendes de Solla came from a family full of rabbinical and scholarly forebears going back to the ninth century. De Solla first came to America in 1858 and became head of a congregation in Richmond, Virginia. He travelled and taught throughout the United States, and helped found the Temple Emanuel of Denver, which would be his last post. According to his obituary, he later "abandoned his religious belief and announced himself opposed to all religion, [publishing] a pahmplet entitled 'The Fallacies of Religion: Its Delusions and Evils." He spent his post-religious life teaching languages.
This copy most recently from the personal library of journalist and language writer William Safire.