Philadelphia: Moss & Brother, 1855. Two volumes, bound in matching modern buckram with gilt-stamped spine titles. 405, [1 blank]; 486 pp. Volume 1 has an expertly repaired closed tear to title leaf and a clean text. Volume 2 has light scattered foxing. Good+ or better.
Raphall was a prominent defender of Judaism in England before immigrating to America in 1849. He fought for the political rights of Jews and forcefully rebutted the ugly slanders frequently visited upon them. He became rabbi of the B'nai Jeshurun Synagogue in New York, and a spiritual colleague of Isaac Leeser. He opposed the nascent Jewish Reform movement.
Raphall's unfortunate pamphlet, published in 1861, would bring him notoriety and severe criticism from his fellow Jews, because he denied that the Bible considered American slavery a sin. "When the wide publicity and editorial comments on his address threatened to give an impression that American Jews as a class were pro-slavery, rabbis and Jewish laymen alike emphatically controverted his views. His loyalty to the Union remained beyond question, however, and one of his sons served as a commissioned officer in the Union army" [DAB].
FIRST EDITION. Singerman 1409. 10 Encyclopedia Judaica 319. Item #38039