Notisias dos judeos de Cochim, mandadas por Mosseh Pereyra de Paiva [INSCRIBED TO PROFESSOR SKOSS]:... Notisias dos judeos de Cochim, mandadas por Mosseh Pereyra de Paiva [INSCRIBED TO PROFESSOR SKOSS]:... Notisias dos judeos de Cochim, mandadas por Mosseh Pereyra de Paiva [INSCRIBED TO PROFESSOR SKOSS]:...

Notisias dos judeos de Cochim, mandadas por Mosseh Pereyra de Paiva [INSCRIBED TO PROFESSOR SKOSS]

Pereyra de Paiva, Mosseh (Text); Moses Bensabat Amzalak (Introduction by)

Published by Privately Printed, Lisboa, 1923
Condition: g to vg Soft cover
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1/150. Folio. 19, [1]pp (Introductory text), 15, [1]pp (Facsimile). Uncut. Original decorative wrappers with purple and black lettering to front cover and title. Title-page within decorative borders. Decorative initials. Mosseh Pereyra de Paiva was an Amsterdam Portuguese Jewish Merchant who arrived in Cochin (southwest coast of India)* on November21, 1686 and after his return to Holland the following year, published a report in which he put down his personal impressions and all the data about the Jewish community's origin and history, their synagogues, their numerical strength, their economic and social conditions and other important aspects of both the "White" and Malabar (Black) Jews, which he had collected on the spot. This report, entitled "Notisias dos Judeos deCochim, Mandadas pro Mosseh Pereyra dePaiva" is one of the most important historical documents and the most reliable account ever written pertaining to the Jewish community in Cochin. It is of inestimable value for the understanding of its history and actual mode of living at that time. It brought into the very light of history this ancient Jewish settlement in Southwestern India. One of 150 unnumbered copies. Front free endpaper inscribed to Professor Skoss** by an unidentified previous owner.Spine missing. Wrappers slightly age-toned along margin. Upper and lower front joint chipped. Book block starting. Previous owner's gift inscription on front free endpaper. Text in Portuguese. Wrappers in overall fair, interior in good+ to very good condition. * Before being conquered by the Dutch in 1663, Cochin had been under Portuguese rule since 1500. All accounts agree that the Jews at the Malabar Coast were subject to harsh treatment and arbitrary taxes levied upon them by the Portuguese and were also heavily restricted in their trade and oppressed, though the Rajah of Cochin granted them, whenever possible, protection and special privileges. When, as a result of an internal dissension among the native chieftains, one of the deposed rulers of Cochin invited the Dutch in Batavia to come to Cochin to help him, the Dutch commander, VanGoens, utilizing this long-sought opportunity, marched toward Cochin in1662 and conquered the city. At first the Dutch troops suffered a severe setback and were forced to retreat temporarily. It was due to a certain Jew of Cochin, as acknowledged by all sources, that the Dutch forces, retreating on March2, 1662, could slip out by night unobserved "without the loss of as much as one man except a Negro slave" thanks to the courage of this Cochin Jew who "made the clock of St.Thomas Church strike as usual." The Portuguese, enraged by the assistance of the Jews to the Dutch, sent a detachment of their soldiers to the Jewish quarter, punished them severely, destroyed their synagogue, their books, pillaged the Jewish quarter and set it on fire. The Jewish inhabitants then fled to the highlands, and returned only after the final conquest of Cochin by the Dutch in the following year, 1663, which put an end to the Portuguese rule over Cochin, which had lasted from1500 to1663. Under the Dutch rule, from1663 to1795, the fate of the Jews in Cochin improved in every respect and underwent a fundamental change for the better. They were granted complete civil and religious freedom, security and equality, could develop their own cultural life and could organize their community and build synagogues without interference. - For more information, see: Walter J. Fischel's "Cochin in Jewish History: Prolegomena to a History of the Jews in India" ** Skoss, Solomon Leon (1884-1953), was an Arabic scholar born in Chusovoi, Siberia. He studied at the yeshivah of Dubrovno and then served in the Russian army. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1907 and began a prolonged period of unrewarding employment, including a position as a bee-keeper. One result of this work was his first essay, on beekeeping in the Talmud (repr. in his "Portrait of a Jewish Scholar"). By chance he took. Bookseller Inventory # 40675

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Title: Notisias dos judeos de Cochim, mandadas por ...

Publisher: Privately Printed, Lisboa

Publication Date: 1923

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:g to vg

Edition: Limited Facsimile Edition.

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