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Lot #    7692
Auction End Date    7/13/2004 4:22:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Piano di Regolamento Economico - Civile
Author    [Community]
City    Modena
Publisher    Bartolomeo Soliani
Publication Date    1796
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   26 pp., 235:175 mm., light damp staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in the original printed paper wrappers.
   Economic rules of the Jewish community in Modena, city in N. central Italy. The first document relating to Jews in Modena may date back to 1025, but the existence of a stable Jewish community, formed by loan-bankers who originated from Perugia, Rimini, and Fermo, was not recorded until 1393. For many years the Jews of Modena enjoyed the protection of the house of Este, who ruled Modena as well as Ferrara. When in 1597 the duchy of Ferrara became part of the Papal States, Modena with Reggio Emilia remained under Este rule. Because of the advantageous conditions it offered to the Jews, in the 17th and 18th centuries the duchy of Modena attracted a large Jewish settlement; over 1,000 Jews lived in the town itself. Some Sephardi immigrants maintained their own synagogue. Modena was long a principal center of scholarship of Italian Jewry and was distinguished as a seat of kabbalistic study. Among its scholars were the remarkable bibliophile Abraham Joseph Solomon Graziani, Aaron Berechiah of Modena, Abraham Rovigo, and Ishmael Cohen (in Italian, Laudadio Sacerdote). Although they were confined to the ghetto in 1638, the Jews of Modena were allowed to carry on their business activities freely. Moneylending survived officially until 1767, far longer than in most other Italian towns. In 1796 Modena was occupied by the French and became part of the Cisalpine Republic. One of the centumviri was a Jew, Moses Formiggini, who later became a senator of the republic. The Jews of Modena contributed effectively to the Italian Risorgimento, collaborating with the Carbonari, the secret revolutionary movement, and financing it. In periods of reaction the ghetto restrictions were renewed.
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
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History:    Checked
Language:    Italian
Manuscript Type
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