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Lot #    10442
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 10:04:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kol Kore! Jerusalem Talmud, Seder Kudshim
Title (Hebrew)    קול קורא! תלמוד ירושלמי, סדר קדשים
Author    [Forgery - Unrecorded] Solomon Judah Friedlaender
City    Szinervaralja (Seini )
Publisher    Jacob Weider
Publication Date    [1906]
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Broadside, [2] pp., 343:227 mm., light age staining, split on centerfold affecting several letters on each line expertly repaired. A good copy of a rare poster bound in modern half cloth boards. Unrecorded - not in CD-EPI.
   Poster seeking sponsors and funds for the publication of his forgery. The broadside includes the approbations of several prominent Hungarian rabbis, who subsequently withdrew their approvals when the true nature of the publications were revealed.

Friedlaender's most important forgery, his pretended Seder Kodashim of the Jerusalem Talmud with his commentary Heshek Shelomo. Friedlaender proclaimed his fortunate discovery of an ancient Spanish manuscript, dated Barcelona 1212, which contained this long lost and most important talmudic text. Solomon Judah Friedlaender (c. 1860–c. 1923), author and literary forger. Friedlaender gave contradictory biographical accounts of his life, claiming at various times to have been born in Hungary, Turkey, and Rumania, but in all probability he was born in Beshenkovichi near Vitebsk, Belorussia. He supposedly studied at the yeshivah in Volozhin and afterward wandered throughout Europe. He was in Czernowitz (1880–1882), Mainz (1884), Frankfort on the Main (1885), Mulhouse (c. 1888–c. 1895), Waitzen (1900–1902), Naszod (1902–1906), and finally in Szatmar, from 1906 onward. It seems that he died in Vienna. Friedlaender published a number of works of doubtful authenticity or pure forgeries.

With this publication, he reached the summit of his audacity, claiming to be of pure Sephardi descent (Sephardi tahor) from the well-known Algazi family and a native of Smyrna. He asserted that he was assisted in the acquisition of the manuscript by his brother, Elijah Algazi, and a business associate of the latter, both citizens of Smyrna. Some of the leading scholars of this period, such as Solomon Buber, Solomon Shechter, and R. Shalom Mordecai Schwadron of Brzezany accepted his story. However, the majority of scholars gave no credence to his tales, and R. B. Ritter of Rotterdam conclusively proved the fallaciousness of Friedlaender's claims. On the basis of internal evidence, R. Ritter showed that the text was an overt forgery. R. Ritter's conclusions were supported by many experts, including R. V. Aptowitzer, R. W. Bacher, R. D. B. Ratner and R. Meir Dan Plotzki. The controversy continued for the next few years, and as late as 1913, Friedlaender still published booklets on this issue.

   EJ; D. B. Ratner, in: Haolam, 1 (1907), 26ff.; Tel-Talpioth, 1907 and 1908
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Hungary
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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Posters:    Checked