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Lot #    24663
Auction End Date    9/22/2009 11:02:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Narrative of a Journey to Morocco in 1863 and 1864
Author    [Sir Moses Montefiore] Dr. Thomas Hodgkin
City    London
Publisher    T. Cautley Newby
Publication Date    1866
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. frontispiece, [13], iv, portrait, [1], 183, 24, [4 colored charts] pp., 270:185 mm., broad margins, edges in gilt. A very good copy bound in the original boards lavishly gilt in North African style, rubbed, recent lower spine, new endpapers.
Paragraph 1    With frontispiece portrait of the Author, as well as several striking color lithographs scenes from Morocco.
   Dr. Thomas Hodgkin (1798-1866) was a pioneer in preventive medicine. He is best known for the first account of a form of lymphoma and blood disease, now known as Hodgkin’s disease. As personal physician to Sir Moses Montefiore for forty years, Hodgkin was the philanthropists’ constant traveling companion.

This fascinating travelogue, relates to Sir Moses Montefiore’s diplomatic mission to present the Sultan of Morocco with a petition designed to alleviate the travails of the Jews of Morocco. The mission accomplished, the Sultan granted a Firman guaranteeing the rights of his Jewish subjects. Hodgkin notes: “This interesting and important document assures the equal protection of the law to the Israelites of Morocco, in common with the other subjects of the Sultan, and is couched in terms strongly evincing the excellent intentions of his Sheriffi an Majesty” (p. 124). Thomas Hodgkin died on April 5, 1866, in the Holy Land, where he had accompanied Montefiore on yet another of his missions on behalf of the Jews. He was buried in a small Protestant Churchyard in Jaffa where Sir Moses erected an obelisk in memory of his friend. Although this cemetery is now closed, Hodgkins’ grave still remains.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
England:    Checked
History:    Checked
Autographed:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    English
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica