[Set of 16 first editions comprising:] Children of the Ghetto;
The King of the Schnorers; The Bachelor's Club; Children of the Ghetto; The Old Maid's Club; Ghetto Tragedies; The Master; Without Prejudice; Dreamers of the Ghetto; They That Walk in Darkness; The Mantle of Elijah; The Grey Wig; Ghetto Comedies; Italian Fantasies; The War for the World; Jinny the Carrier; The Voice of Jerusalem.
First editions. A superb set of Zangwill’s novels including the first Anglo-Jewish best-seller, Children of the Ghetto, and the popular satire The King of the Schnorers, about Jewish beggars in late 18th-century London. Israel Zangwill (1864–1926) was the child of Eastern European immigrants to England and spent his literary career exploring issues of identity, assimilation, and cultural tolerance, not only for Jews but for minorities of all types. As well as a popular novelist he was a prolific critic, translator, and playwright, and an outspoken supporter of feminism and Jewish nationalism. First editions of Zangwill’s novels are uncommon, and handsome library sets such as this one are rare.
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16 works in 18 volumes, octavo (various sizes). Early 20th-century red half calf, spines gilt in compartments, red cloth sides, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. Bookplate to each volume. Spines a little faded, some very light rubbing to extremities. An excellent set.