Auction 92 Part 1 Rare and Important Items

Siddur Following Eastern Ashkenazi Rite – London, 1770 – First Hebrew-Only Siddur Printed in England

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Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
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Order of prayers following Eastern Ashkenazi rite, with laws and instructions in Yiddish. London: William Tooke for the partners Itzek son of Yedidia Segal, Moshe son of Gershon and Yaakov son of Yissachar Katz, [1770].
Siddur following Eastern Ashkenazi rite (Minhag Polin), with laws and instructions in Yiddish.
The first Hebrew books printed in England by Jewish printers were produced in 1770. This is the first Hebrew-only siddur to be printed in England (a Hebrew-English siddur was printed that same year by the printers and translators A. Alexander and B. Meyers, also in the press of William Tooke; these two editions have been confused one for the other).

Prof. David Latchman contends that this is the first complete siddur printed in England, see the following essay in his personal blog: The First Hebrew-Only Siddur Printed in England: An Almost Forgotten Treasure, from Feb. 3, 2022.


76 leaves. 21 cm. Good condition. Stains. Minor marginal tears to several leaves, not affecting text. New leather binding.


Rare edition, listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew book based on a copy from a private collection. The siddur is not listed in the NLI catalog, nor in the British Museum or the Bodleian Library or any other public library.

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Prayer books