Auction 42 - Rare and Important Items

Facsimile of an Early Hebrew Manuscript from the K'ae-Fung-Foo Synagogue (China) – Lithographed on Rice Paper – Shanghai, 1851 – The First Hebrew Book Printed in China

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Fac-similes of Hebrew manuscripts, obtained at the Jewish synagogue in K'ae-fung-foo. Shanghai: London Missionary Society's Press, 1851. The first Hebrew book printed in China.
Lithographed on delicate Rice Paper.
Four parts [separate title pages]: the weekly portions V'Ele Shmot, Ele Pekudei, Kedoshim, Re'eh Anochi.
The K'ae-Fung-Foo community was the earliest Jewish community in China. It was founded in the 11th century and its synagogue was built in 1163. The ancient manuscript copied in this facsimile was written in the Chinese writing technique which explains its similarity to Chinese calligraphy.
151 leaves. Thin delicate paper (some leaves were unopened at printing). Good condition. Spotting, tears to several leaves. Detached flyleaves. Contemporary binding. Ownership inscriptions and stamps.
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