Kurzgefasste biblische Geschichte, 1820: elementary book for Jewish schools
Joseph Johlson. תולדות אבות. Kurzgefasste biblische Geschichte in der Ursprache der heiligen Schrift. Hebräisches Lesebuch mit etymologischen Bemerkungen, Paradigmen und erklärendem Wortregister. Frankfurt am Main, Bei den Gebrüdern Wilmans, 1820. 8vo.  ff. [IX]-LXIV, 322,  pp.
Contemporary quarter leather, shell-marbled sides. Title-page page with three stamps and an owner's entry, bookplate on paste-down, a further six stamps in the text, a few dogears, one leaf of the preface with a small hole, spine with library label and shelf mark, binding rubbed and slightly damaged. Overall in good condition.
A rare elementary book for Jewish schools containing a chronologically arranged Bible history in Hebrew. The preface includes a brief explanation of Hebrew grammar and morphology; it closes with a glossary of Hebrew words.
Joseph Johlson (1777-1851) was an important translator, writer, theologian and 'Reformpädagoge'. Born in Fulda as the son of a Rabbi, he was called to Frankfurt am Main in 1813 to teach at the Philanthropin, a Jewish elementary school and gymnasium founded in 1804.
This copy features several ex libris stamps of Dr. phil. Jacob (Hirsch) Sänger (1878-1938), who served as a so-called 'Feldrabbiner' during WO I and subsequently as a Rabbi in Berlin and Breslau. It further includes a bookplate of the Jewish Cultural Reconstruction, an organization established in 1947 to deal with the collection and redistribution of heirless Jewish cultural property in the American Zone of Germany.
Fürst, Bibliotheca Judaica II, p. 100; for Johlson: Jewish Encyclopedia VII, p. 217-218; for Sänger: Biographisches Portal der Rabbiner (online ed.).