The Publications Committee has pleasure in presenting to the members of the Jewish Historical Society of England Volume XXV of the Society's Transactions and Part X of the Miscellanies. Volume XXIV was issued in 1975 and it was hoped to offer XXV earlier in 1976, but certain technicalities in some of the copy, especially concerning lists, took longer to resolve than expected, especially in the case of two contributions by authors who, we are sorry to record, died some time ago?namely, Mr. G. D. Guttentag, of Newcastle, and the Rev. Morris Rosenbaum. The latter's provisional list of English Freemasons is therefore prefixed by an editorial note.
In the past session the Society, while active in its normal business of delivering papers on a variety of interesting topics, has had to proceed with caution with its publishing programme. The Preface in the previous volume recorded a more than usually large number of publica? tions, as several works came to fruition all at about the same time and some of those had the benefit of generous subsidies at a time when costs had not escalated with the same rapidity as now. No one now needs to be reminded in the tighter economic situation of the soaring costs of, for example, paper and printing. Since the last volume of Transactions, the following has been distributed:
The Treaty of Utrecht 1713 and the Jews of Gibraltar, by Sir Joshua Hassan, C.B.E., M.V.O., Q.C.
The Society joined with the Council of Manchester and Salford Jews in sponsoring the publication of The making of Manchester Jewry 1740-1875, by Bill Williams, published by the Manchester University Press (1976), and was represented by its President, Mr. Raphael Loewe, and other members of the Council at a gathering at the Manchester Polytechnic to launch the book. This important historical and sociological study was made available at a special pre-publication price to members of the Society.
Society. A number of photocopies of tables forming part of Mahler's Handbuch der j?dischen Chrono? logie (1909, but long out of print), under the title ofCorrespondence Table of Jewish and Christian dates, 1600-1900, with an explanatory foreword by R. D. Barnett, were prepared free for researchers through the generosity of Mr. Alfred Rubens. Copies may be applied for.
Related to the centenary celebration in 1970 of the founding of the United Synagogue of London, in which a series of lectures was delivered by members of the Society in collab? oration with the synagogal body, the book The History of the United Synagogue, by Dr. Aubrey Newman (book notes editor of Transactions and Miscellanies), is, at the time of writing this Preface, on the point of publication, and here, too, arrangements are being made to provide members of this Society with copies of the history at a special prepublication price.
Some material is already in hand for Volume XXVI of Transactions and Part XI of Miscellanies.
The promised Cumulative Index to Transactions I-XX