# 20880

EZRA, Edward Isaac; SOPHER, Arthur

The Chinese Jews

$2,500.00 AUD

Shanghai : printed by The China Press [for The Society for the Rescue of the Chinese Jews?], 1926. Large octavo, original printed speckled blue wrappers (lightly foxed, chipped at crown and foot of spine), inside front wrapper with the Australian ex libris of the Rabbi Leib A. Falk (his collection numbers in manuscript to wrapper and spine), folding frontispiece map of Jewish colonies in China with Kaifengfu prominent, pp 76, numerous photographic illustrations; internally clean and sound, a good copy.

A scarce history of the Jewish faith in China, published in Shanghai. The main author, Edward Ezra, was one of the founders of the Zionist movement in China. A business tycoon, he was one of the wealthiest foreigners in Shanghai. Having made a fortune through the importation of opium, he became the largest stockholder and managing director of Shanghai Hotels Limited.

Another example of the beautiful ex libris of Rabbi Leib Aisak Falk (1889-1957) – an ardent Zionist who was co-editor of the Australian Jewish Chronicle and Reader at the Great Synagogue, Sydney – is held in the Center for Jewish Art, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.