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History of the Jews in the Duchy: Simonsohn, Shlomo (ed.);

Simonsohn, Shlomo (ed.);

Published by Kiryath Sepher Ltd., Tel Aviv (1977)

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Item Description: Kiryath Sepher Ltd., Tel Aviv, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: vg. First English language edition. 4to. xvii, 902pp. Red cloth with gold lettering on front cover and spine. Book housed in original publisher's cardboard slipcase, which is heavily torn. Extensive, detailed work on the history of the Jews in the Duchy of Mantua. Illustrated with a few b/w photographic reproductions of a Mantua map in 1575, painting of Daniel Norsa and his family, 1602 illustration of the execution of the Seven Jews, 1776 painting "The Wedding Disaster", "A Jewish court-, the Jewish Abattoir- and a synagogue in Mantua in the 15th century, the Ark of the Law of the Great Synagogue (1543), as well as two fold-outs in rear of book of the Jewish Settlements in the Duchy of Mantua & a plan of the Mantua Ghetto. "The history of the Jews in Mantua and the Mantovano is divided into several periods. The early period is almost completely obscure. Only faint echoes have reached us of Jewish life in Mantua in Roman times. The same applies to the Jewish settlement in Mantua in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Nothing is known of Jewish presence in Mantua during the High Middle Ages, and it seems that there was yet another interruption in settlement during the first half of the fourteenth century. During the second half of that century Jewish settlement in Mantua was renewed. From then to the sixteenth century the Jewish population in Mantua increased gradually. The sixteenth and the first part of the seventeenth (to the war of the Mantuan Succession) were the heyday of the Jewish community in the Dutchy. After the return from exile (1630) begins a period of reconstruction and restoration, lasting to the end of the seventeenth century. The last period under review is that of Mantua under Austrian domination in the eighteenth century. It end with the conquest of Mantua by the French at the end of that century." Minor staining on back board. Slight age toning to outer edges of interior pages. Paper-split along gutter at front endpapers, hinges tight. Slipcase torn at front and bottom edges. Overall good+ to very good condition. Slipcase poor. Volume 17 of the series " Publications of the Diaspora Research Institute.". Bookseller Inventory # 31576

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