Here is the society's seal on this first book, along with a note saying that all authentic works of this society will bear this seal:
I don't have a picture of Belinfante, but here are images of other individuals from his circle (albeit at a later date). So you can get a sense of what he must have looked like, at least with regards to dress. One of these men, in particular, is quite important and will be featured in another post:
The book has several parts. The first is a word and phrase list in good Hebrew and Dutch for common, polite words and interactions. For example, "Shalom adoni," "Goden dag, Mijnheer!" "Mah hiddush?" "Wat is er nieuws?" and "Lamah khol-ha-kavod ha-zeh?" Waarom doet gij mij zoo veel eer aan?"
Next are sample letters from a father to his beloved son, again, Hebrew and Dutch (as they all are). The first is for a good son, and the second is to reprove one who has strayed. Then there is a cute poem for kids, exhorting them to be good. There's a little essay about yomim tovim, prohibited work and so on. Then there is an essay on the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, and another of moral instruction on patriotism.
Finally, there is a great piece on table manners (it closes with a prayer to God). Here is the essay on table manners - tighten that tie!
And that is how a good little child must behave at the table in Amsterdam in 1809.
"These few lines" about "courtesies" describes how of all the human actions with which one can distinguish a good and orderly person, nothing is so visible as the way a man eats at the table, whether at home among his household, in the company of friends, or among strangers. Although cleanliness in deed is not sufficient to tell us about the character of a man, experience, which is the father of wisdom, tells us that any man who is not clean and neat at the table, also lacks good character in others areas of life, for he does not act as wise and civilized men do.
It admonishes, be careful son, about your behavior at the table, that no one should discover in you something outrageous and contrary to public norms. A man who keeps this in mind keeps a good name.
Listen, son, it continues, and I will teach you several things, each one is small by itself, but are very important collectively. I will tell you what to do at your own table, or your parents, or a stranger's table.
Make sure you have releaved yourself before sitting, so you will not have to leave the table.
Do not ask what the food will be, that will make you seem a glutton.
Don't eat between meals, otherwise people will say that you have an insatiable appetite; or that your parents don't give you enough to eat!
Wash your hands thoroughly until they are clean, leaving nothing sticky or grimy, and do not take too much time doing so. Afterward say the prayer (i.e., blessing) which are commanded you.
Don't rush to take your seat, wait for your parents or betters, or until you are told to sit.
Don't sit with your arms and hands on the table, like a rude person. Don't slouch.
Do not unfold your napkin too quickly, and don't reach too quickly as if you are starving.
When the food is on the table, don't be anxious to move the dish so you can peak what's inside it, or to choose what you like the best for yourself. Wait until others have a chance to take, also do not say that "I like this, but I do not want that."
Eat calmly and slowly, without appearing greedy. Do not drink first, or speak more than necessary.
If someone brings a full serving bowl to you, don't take from it before offering your table-mate to take a serving.