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Lot #    10510
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 11:13:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Sihah be-Olam ha-Neshamot
Title (Hebrew)    שיחה בעולם הנשמות
Author    [Only Ed. - Haskalah] Solomon Lewison
City    Prague
Publisher    Franz Sommer
Publication Date    1811
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [4], 38, [1] ff., 164:97 mm., wide margins, usual age staining, old hands on title. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Grammartical work based on a theoretical conversation between the 12th century grammarian R. David Kimhe and the 18th century Haskalah memeber Joel Brill.

Solomon b. Judah Loeb Lewison of Mor, Hungary (c. 1789-1822), a most gifted Haskalah scholar and a remarkable stylist. He is most famous for his Melizat Yeshurun (Vienna, 1816), a book of normative poetics illustrated with examples from the Bible, where Lewisohn attempts to define poetic forms. The poet's personal emotional confession, written with dramatic pathos, intrudes on some of the explanations and definitions which are of an apparently prescriptive nature. Poetry, according to Lewisohn, is a phenomenon existing in and of itself and affecting the entire universe. He thus freed himself of the neoclassical distinctions which tried to create a balance between reason and sentiment, and to harmonize between aesthetic experience for its own sake and the didactic objective of the work, the latter, according to neoclassicism, having to guide poetry. Using biblical rhetoric, Lewisohn posits a normative order, in which he demonstrates how the sublime scriptural effects were designed to arouse reactions of wonder and amazement in the reader.

Paragraph 2    בין הרב ר' דוד קמחי ובין החכם ר' יואל ברי"ל. כוללת שלשה מאמרים בחקירות... בדקדוק לשון עבר... מאת שלמה לעוויזאהן...
   Ujvari Peter, Magyar Zsido Lexikon, Budapest 1929, p. 525; CD-EPI 0142879
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Bohemia
Polemics:    Checked
Other:    Grammar
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica