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Aguilar, Grace.

Spirit of Judaism, The.


The First Book By A Jewish Woman
To Be Published In America
Aguilar, Grace. The Spirit of Judaism. Edited by Isaac Leeser. Philadelphia: Published at No. 1 Monroe Place, 1842.
8vo.; few pages occasionally foxed; maroon cloth, elaborately stamped in blind and gilt; covers lightly rubbed; a bit shaken. In a specially made quarter-morocco slipcase.
First edition of Aguilar's first book published in the States, the last published before her death at the age of 31. In it, she argues for the superiority of Judaism over other religions. In 1861, Moses Mocatta published an eight-volume collected edition of Aguilar's works; in the early 20th-century, a branch of the New York Public Library on East 110th Street was named in her memory.

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