Title: The Manners and Customs of the Jews
Author: E.P. Barrows
Illustrator: Whymper
Year: 1880
Publisher: The Religious Tract Society
Binding: Hardback
Remarks: c.1880
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: N/A


Description: This beautiful book is a "carefully revised" edition of a previous work by the same name. It is split into eight chapters covering all aspects of ancient Jewish culture in meticulous detail:
  1. Agriculture
  2. The Care of Flocks and Herds
  3. Houses and Their Appointments
  4. Dress and Personal Ornaments
  5. The Preparation of Food and Meals
  6. Domestic Relations and Usages
  7. The Sciences and Arts
  8. Trade and Commerce
Of particular interest are the tables which convert ancient units of measurement to the Imperial standard. Numismatists will also appreciate the many excellent drawings of ancient coins, plus a table which gives the equivalent value of ancient Jewish and Roman currency in pounds, shillings, pence, and farthings.

Exquisitely illustrated throughout with mesmerising woodcuts, engravings, and line drawings – the vast majority of which are full-page. Also includes a b&w frontispiece. Pastedowns and endpapers list a range of illustrated titles by the publisher.

Chocolate cloth boards with embossed pattern, text, and motif (pattern is blind-stamped on rear cover). Gilded title on spine. Corners are bumped – lower ones slightly worn. Small dent on right edge of front cover (refer to image). Spine bumped; slightly split at head, but nothing major. Endpapers discoloured from where they made contact with the pastedowns. Otherwise all pages are in superb condition for their age: crisp, unmarked, completely free from foxing, and only lightly tanned. One Frederick E. Stephens has rubber-stamped his name in purple ink on flyleaf.

No year of publication given, but believed to date from c.1880

A lovely copy of a scarce and fascinating book which no enthusiast of ancient civilisations should be without!

Measures 18.5 cm × 12.5 cm (7.4″ × 5″). 12mo. 176 pp. + 4 pp. catalogue listing other titles by the publisher.

Price: £60.00

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