Bloomington / London: Indiana University Press, 1970. title pages. First Edition. Cloth. 8vo, brown cloth with gold lettering on spine, Prefaces by the Printer and Writer, illustrated with title pages from the first edition, archival mylar-protected purple-&-gold lettered dust jacket (unclipped), xxx, [xxxi-xxxii] + 352 pages. Near Fine / Good Plus. Item #6259
The EARLIEST LEGENDS about the Ball Shem Tov, the Founder of Hasidism.
Hasidism was the 18th century mystical-religious movement founded in Eastern Europe by Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer (c.1698-1760), a Jewish mystic and healer called the "Baal-Shem" (the Master of God's Name; aka the Baal Shem Tov or "Besht," an acronym).
In Poland, the Baal-Shem withstood severe rejection by the rabbinical establishment yet attracted numerous followers from the common people, poor, and mystically inclined.
Near Fine overall condition! Tight, clean pages and cloth with complete dj (unclipped) that has wear whitening at edges and corners. A handsome copy with excellent selections.