LONDON, JACOB BEN JUDAH ḤAZZAN:
English scholar; born in London at the beginning of the eighteenth century. When quite young he went to Amsterdam, where he lived for a long time. Later he traveled through Italy, and in the course of his journey had the misfortune to be taken for aspy, on account of the numerous papers—the contents of which were unintelligible to the police—he had with him.
London was the author of an ethical work entitled "Hista'arut Melek ha-Negeb 'im Melek ha-Ẓafon" (Amsterdam, 1737); the work is explained by two accompanying commentaries, "Sinai" and "Boẓeẓ," the former being a general interpretation of the text, the latter containing definitions of the difficult words. London was also the editor of the "Shib'ah 'Enayim" (Leghorn, 1745), containing editions of various works by Naḥmanides, Aboab Isaac de Leon, and Abraham Bolat.
- Revue Orientale, ii. 334;
- Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col. 1230;
- Zedner,Cat. Hebr. Books Brit. Mus. p. 302.