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Lot #    17064
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 12:47:54 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Formula juramenti Judaeorum
Author    Friedrich Wilhelm C. Tauffenburg
City    Wernjgeroda
Publisher    Struckischen Schrifften
Publication Date    1723
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [10], 24, [5] pp., folio, 307:188 mm., wide margins, light age staining. Bound in contemporary red leather with gilt floral-bird design.

Rare - Only two copies of this first edition are located in Worldcat. The JTS copy has only “3 p.” The Harvard copy lacks the dedicatory epistle to the Bürgermeister.

   Title: Formula juramenti Judaeorum, oder Der Juden Eyd, darinn ihre bissherige Art gegen die Christen zu schwören als falsch verworffen, und dagegen eine andere Art gezeiget worden ... durch eine gewisse ansehnliche hohe käyserliche Commission in der käyserl. freyen Reichs=Stadt Müllhausen untersucht ... nebst einem Anhange von unterschiedenen Missbräuchen der Juden ... heraus gegeben von M. Friederich Wilhelm Christoph Tauffenburg ... Wernjgeroda, Gedruckt mit Struckischen Schrifften, jm Jahr 1723.

The Oath More Judaico (“Jewish Oath”) was a special form of oath, accompanied by certain ceremonies, which Jews were required to take in European courts of law until the 20th century, and which was often intentionally humiliating or dangerous. More Judaico is Latin for "on/by the Jewish custom". The question of the trustworthiness of the Jewish oath was intimately connected with the meaning that Christian authorities assigned to the Kol Nidre prayer recited by Jews on Yom Kippur.

This text prescribes the More Judaico procedure to be used by the German courts. The main texts are in German. The texts of the oaths are printed in romanized Hebrew (very unusual romanization), followed by a German translation. This copy is complete. It includes the dedicatory epistle to the Bürgermeister & Rat of Frankfurt am Main, and at the end the "Attest" dated "Mühlhausen den 26. Febr. 1722" is followed directly by "Nachricht von dem Protocoll."

Attesting to its importance is the fact that this text was reprinted elsewhere in Germany several times over the next few decades.

   Freiman, Frankfurt Library, p. 367
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
History:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica