The Jewish Community of Livorno Commemorates
Napoleon’s Birthday

Preghiere recitate, e cantate nel Tempio degli Ebrei di Livorno il di 15. Agosto 1808. Ricorrendo il faustissimo giorno natalizio di S. M. I., e R. l’Augustissimo Napoleone I, Imperatore de’Francesi, Re d’Italia, e Protettore della Confederazione del Reno. 5568 al computo Ebraico [with facing title in Hebrew].

17, 6 pp. Large 4to, fine cont. red sheep (small portion of spine with defect), sides panelled in gilt, flat spine gilt, a.e.g. Livorno: Pei Masi e Sahadun, 1808.

First edition. A very rare collection of poems, benedictions, and prayers, printed in Hebrew with Italian translations on facing pages, celebrating the birthday of Napoleon prepared by the Jewish community of Livorno, the wealthy seaport city of Tuscany. Jews first came to Livorno in 1583 and, from the beginning, enjoyed extensive rights and privileges, including complete jurisdiction both in civil and in criminal cases. The Jewish court was abolished in 1808 when Tuscany was incorporated into the French empire. In spite of this temporary abrogation, the Jews of Livorno never suffered from persecutions nor restrictions until the 20th century.

One of the texts was translated by Jacob Nunes-Vais, “Primo Rabino dell’Università.”

This is a most unusual and handsome book, well printed on thick paper and finely bound. WorldCat locates only the ICU copy.

Price: $6,000.00

Item ID: 5856

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