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Aguilar, Grace.

Women of Israel.


Aguilar, Grace. Women of Israel. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1872.
2 vols., 8vo.; front paste-downs showing stains from adhesive; light foxing on frontispieces, original tissue guard present; burnt orange morocco, decoratively stamped in blind and gilt, extremities unobtrusively bumped, minimal wear.
The scarce first American edition, published thirty years after the English; reprinted by Appleton in 1889 in their "Collected Edition" (see next entry), the first American attempt at bringing all of Aguilar's texts into print.
Women of Israel, which came out in England two years before Aguilar's death in 1847, is a collection of the lives and achievements of eminent women of the Bible and the Apocrypha. Aguilar's work, written within the focus of Judaic law and society, addresses issues such as "Laws for Wives in Israel," "Laws for Widows and Daughters in Israel," and "Women of Israel in the present as influenced by the past." Aguilar wrote The Women of Israel as a means to "infuse the spirit of truth and patriotism, of nationality, and yet universal love, in the hearts of the young daughters of Israel" (introduction, 17). A rare early tribute to Jewish women of historical importance.

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