(San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1922). 204 x 130 mm. (8 x 5").  leaves.Translated and with commentary by Morris Jastrow. Preface by Helen Jastrow; introduction by Franz Cumont. No. 127 OF 310 COPIES.
Publisher's stiff vellum, flat spine with gilt titling. With woodcut vignette by Harold von Schmidt and initials by Joseph Sinel. Printed in red and black. Heller & Magee 45. Two small (naturally occurring?) discolorations to vellum, but a pristine copy internally, in an unworn binding.
Honored by the American Institute of Graphic Arts as one of the 50 finest books produced in 1922, this volume contains a new translation of the Canticle and an accessible scholarly commentary, packaged in a very pleasing private press book. With considerable persuasiveness, Morris Jastrow has burrowed through centuries of religious interpretation to reveal the "Song of Songs" in its original state: a collection of secular folk lyrics from various sources, compiled in the third century B.C., widely popular at the time, and not at all allegorical. Jastrow (1861-1921) studied to be a rabbi, like his father, before becoming a professor and librarian at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as president of the American Oriental Society and of the Society of Biblical Literature. (ST15816-62)
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PJP Catalog: 77.126