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Lot #    8980
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 1:01:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Biography of David Aaron de Sola
Title (Hebrew)    ... by his son
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Abraham de Sola
City    Philadelphia
Publisher    Wm. H. Jones & Son
Publication Date    [1864]
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Only edition. [2], 61, [1] pp., 202:127 mm., light age staining. A very good copy not bound.
          
Detailed
Description
   R. Abraham b. David Aaron de Sola (1825-1882) was a renowned rabbi, scholar, and lecturer whose popularity went far beyond the bounds of Montreal. Born in London to a prominent Sephardic Jewish family, one on 15 children, he gained recognition at a very young age for his writings on Eastern languages and literature, as well as on Jewish history and scripture. In 1847, at only twenty-two years of age, he moved to Canada to become the Rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish Congregation of Montreal, a community he continued to serve for thirty years. In 1853, McGill invited de Sola to become Professor of Hebrew and Oriental Literature, and later also appointed him Lecturer in Spanish Literature. The great popularity of his lectures is perhaps best demonstrated by an extraordinary invitation in 1872: he traveled to Washington, D.C. to deliver the prayer which opened that year’s session of the United States Congress. He was the first non-Christian theologian to perform this ceremony, and his speech was very well received.
          
Reference
Description
   Singerman 1800 (No copy in NYPL)
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
America-South America:    Checked
  
Subject
History:    Checked
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    English
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica