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Prière des Membres du Sanhédrin, Paris 1807

תפלת... סנהדרין - Only Edition - Napoleon

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  • Lot Number 52918
  • Title (English) Prière des Membres du Sanhédrin
  • Title (Hebrew) תפלת... סנהדרין
  • Note Only Edition - Napoeleon - Rare - No copy or incomplete copies in major collections
  • City Paris
  • Publisher דפוס הקיסר
  • Publication Date 1807
  • Estimated Price - Low 2,000
  • Estimated Price - High 4,000

  • Item # 2272160
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Physical Description:

Only edition, [6], 6-15, [1]  pp., octavo, 156:109 mm., light age and damp staining, wide margins, blue tint regal paper. A very good copy bound in modern cloth over boards.

Rare - No copy or incomplete copies in major collections


Detailed Description:   

Title: Priere des Membres du sanhedrin, Recite Dans Leur Assemblee Convoquee a Paris le Ier Jour D'Adar de Lanee 5567 (9 Fevrier 1807)

A prayer of gratitude from the newly emancipated Jews for Napoleon, whom many regarded as their political savior. The Grand Sanhedrin was a Jewish high court convened in Europe by Napoleon I in 1806, to give legal sanction to the principles expressed by an Assembly of Jewish Notables in answer to the twelve questions submitted to it by the government. The name was chosen to imply that the Grand Sanhedrin had the authority of the original Sanhedrin that had been the main legislative and judicial body of the Jewish people in classical and late antiquity.

Napoleon Bonaparte (French: Napoléon Bonaparte [napoleɔ̃ bɔnɑpaʁt], Corsican: Napoleone Buonaparte; 15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and its associated wars in Europe.

As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 to 1814 and again in 1815. He implemented a wide array of liberal reforms across Europe, including the abolition of feudalism and the spread of religious toleration. His legal code in France, the Napoleonic Code, influenced numerous civil law jurisdictions worldwide. Napoleon is remembered for his role in leading France against a series of coalitions in the Napoleonic Wars. He won the majority of his battles and seized control of most of continental Europe in a quest for personal power and to spread the ideals of the French Revolution. Widely regarded as one of the greatest commanders in history, his campaigns are studied at military academies worldwide. He remains one of the most studied political and military leaders in all of history.

Napoleon was born in Corsica in a family of noble Italian ancestry that had settled in Corsica in the 16th century. He spoke French with a heavy Corsican accent. Well-educated, he rose to prominence under the French First Republic and led successful campaigns against the enemies of the French revolution who set up the First and Second Coalitions, most notably his campaigns in Italy.

He took power in a coup d'état in 1799 and installed himself as First Consul. In 1804 he made himself emperor of the French people. He fought a series of wars —the Napoleonic Wars—that involved complex coalitions for and against him. After a streak of victories, France secured a dominant position in continental Europe, and Napoleon maintained the French sphere of influence through the formation of extensive alliances and the elevation of friends and family members to rule other European countries as French vassal states.

The Peninsular War (1807–14) and the French invasion of Russia in 1812 marked major military failures. His Grande Armée was badly damaged and never fully recovered. In 1813, the Sixth Coalition defeated his forces at the Battle of Leipzig and his enemies invaded France. Napoleon was forced to abdicate and go in exile to the Italian island of Elba. In 1815 he escaped and returned to power, but he was finally defeated at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. He spent the last 6 years of his life in confinement by the British on the island of Saint Helena. An autopsy concluded he died of stomach cancer but there has been debate about the cause of his death, and some scholars have speculated he was a victim of arsenic poisoning.


Hebrew Description:

נדפס משמאל לימין.

עברית וצרפתית, עמוד מול עמוד.



Wikipedia; http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org; Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000154573 (incomplete)