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BOLAFFEY, Haim Vita (1778--1836)
An easy grammar of the primæval language, commonly called Hebrew, entitled [Orah miyshor] or, the "straight path" to real knowledge, fully exemplified by instructive and elegant extracts. ... Also, to render it complete, an appendix, showing how to read Hebrew works. ... With notes, philological and illustrative. By H.V. Bolaffey, ...
London: printed for Hatchard; and G. & W.E. Whittaker, 1820.
xvi, 491, [1], 16 p., etch. frontis. pl. ; 21.2 cm. (8º)

Imprint on title-page verso 'Marchant, printer'. Dedicated to Joseph Hart Myers, M.D. (1758--1823), physician to the Jews' Hospital, Mile End. Includes a list of subscribers. Frontispiece signed 'R. Nixon. 1820', described by the author as 'my friend the Rev. ... a private artist' (p.15). Bolaffey's career in England is traced briefly in C. Roth, Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England, XVI, pp. 224--5. He was from Florence and Livorno and was brother-in-law to Haham Raphael Meldola, 'Chief Rabbi' of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews' Congregation at Bevis Marks.

Copy Notes With an ALs in ink tipped in before the front free-endpaper My dear Sir / From the short conversation we had the / other day I perceive that you take a considerable degree / of Interest in the Hebrew language. & altho I am / aware you may never venture to encounter the difficulty / of its attainment yet I cannot but think you may derive some Gratification from turning over the Pages of the / enclosed Grammar, for this purpose I trust you will / give it a place in your Library. The curious obser-/-vations it contains on the origin & Progress of Languages / perhaps you will find worthy your attention. / I remain with great regard / Yours truly / M. Mocatta. / 11 Nov. 1822 / Russell Sqre: / J. Soane Esqr. Moses Mocatta was the father of David Mocatta, who was apprenticed to Soane from 1821 to 1827 (Bolton, Portrait, p. 299). Printed yellow bookseller's label attached to front pastedown 'A. Berlandina / Book Seller / & Book Binder / 101 / Leadenhall Street'. Mocatta had subscribed to the book before publication so must have purchased this copy in order to give it to Soane.

Binding C19th tree sheep, gilt-ruled spine, red leather spine-label.

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