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Lot #    10513
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 11:16:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Daber el ha-Am ha-Ivri
Title (Hebrew)    דבר אל העם העברי
Author    [Only Ed. - Zionism] Joseph Chasanowich
City    Warsaw
Publisher    ha-Zephira
Publication Date    1913
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 25 pp. plus title wrappers bound in, 201:142 mm., usual light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern half cloth boards.
   Account of the author's efforts in founding and stocking a Jewish national library.

Joseph Chasanowich (1844–1919), Zionist; one of the founders of the Jewish National Library in Jerusalem. Chasanowich was born in Grodno, Russia and studied medicine in Koenigsberg. He settled in Bialystok, where he worked for most of his life as a doctor, devoting particular attention to the poor. In 1883 he set out to settle in Erez Israel, but was forced back at Smyrna because of a cholera epidemic. In 1890 he visited Erez Israel as a member of a Hovevei Zion delegation headed by Samuel Mohilever. Chasanowich became one of Theodor Herzl's fervent disciples, and supported the Uganda Scheme. During Herzl's lifetime, he represented Bialystok at the Zionist Congresses. In 1915 he was forced to move to Yekaterinoslav, where he died in the old-people's home. Chasanowich devoted a great deal of time to collecting ancient and rare books for a national Jewish library in Jerusalem. Toward this end he published leaflets urging Jews to donate books, writing: "In our Holy City, Jerusalem, all the books written in Hebrew, and all books in all languages which deal with the Jews and their Torah, all the writings and drawings dealing with their life... will be treasured...." His vision was realized in the National Library, which was first built on Mount Scopus and later at the new university campus at Givat Ram. Altogether he collected about 36,000 books, 20,000 of them in Hebrew.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Other:    Zionism
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica