Amsterdam: Be-vet uvi-defus Shelomoh Avraham Propes [Proops], 1799. Hardbound. Duodeimo, rebacked in hand-painted paper covered boards, 144 pp [72 leaves]. Very Good-. Item #83514
Text is in Hebrew with a little Dutch at the bottom of the final page. This work is a translation into Hebrew of the Dutch parliamentary hearings that led to the 1796 emancipation of Dutch Jewry. Arend Huusen makes the point (in an article in "Dutch Jewry: Its History and Secular Culture (1500-2000), edited by Jonathan Irvine Israel, Salverda Reinier) that the Orthodox community of the Netherlands were unenthusiastic beneficairies of a change in their status that they had not requested. It is possible that this translation was a product of the Orthodox consternation and a corresponding struggle to understand how to deal with the new civic reality that they found themselves in.