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Lot #    16792
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 10:15:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Luah Achieber
Title (Hebrew)    לוח אחיעבר
Author    [Only Ed.] Simon Ginzburg, et. al.
City    New York
Publisher    Rosenberg Printing Co.
Publication Date    1918
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. Volume 1, [4 photo charts], 16, 127, 128, 119, 37, 34 pp., 220:142 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy loose in the original title wrappers.
   Vol. 1 includes autobiographies, fiction and poetry, as well as scholarly studies on pedagogy, philosophy, poetry, Judeo-Arabic folklore, mathematics and history. There are also many essays on Jewish life and culture in America, includes a fascinating article by Meir Waxman on Orthodoxy in the United States at the turn of the century. Among the poems are Ginzburg's "New York" (vol. 1, pp. 3-28) and Lisitzky's "On the Beach at Niagara" (vol. 1, pp. 36-42). For Samson Erdberg's fictional portraits ("From the Jewish Street of New York"), see vol. 1, pp. 65-76. Vol. 1 may have actually appeared in 1917, since the Hebrew calendar (vol. 1, pp. 5-16) covers the period from September 1917 to August 1918.

Simon Ginzburg (1890–1944), poet and critic, was born in the village of Lipniki, Volhynia, where he received a traditional education. He published his first poem in Ha-Shillo'ah in 1910. In 1912 he settled in the U.S., studied at Columbia University, and obtained a doctorate from Dropsie College in 1923. He immigrated to Palestine in 1933, but returned to America shortly before World War II as the emissary of the Hebrew Writers' Association. He was one of the editors of Ha-Toren (1913–15) and Lu'ah Ahi'ever in 1918, and a contributor to numerous Hebrew publications. Both in content and language, Ginzburg was greatly influenced by Bialik to whom he dedicated his book of poems Shirim u-Fo'emot ("Songs and Poems," 1931). Essentially a romantic poet, the American rural landscape attracted him, but he was repelled by the noise of New York. In Ahavat Hoshe'a ("Love of Hosea," 1935), he reveals dramatic ability; the twilight of the Northern Kingdom and the regeneration of the Jews on the eve of disaster are used to point a significant lesson for contemporary Jewry. In addition to a biography in English of Moses Hayyim Luzzatto (1931), Ginzburg published three of his plays, with critical notes, including Ma'aseh Shimshon from a manuscript in the New York Public Library, his poetry, Sefer ha-Shirim ("Book of Poems," 1944–45), and an edition of his letters, under the title R. Moshe Hayyim Luzzatto u-Venei Doro ("R. Moshe Hayyim Luzzatto and his Contemporaries," 1936). These works, and his critical essays on the poet, are a major contribution to Luzzatto scholarship. His other critical essays were collected in Be-Massekhet ha-Sifrut ("In the Web of Literature," 1945). He translated Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner into Hebrew, as well as D. H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers, and poems by Tennyson, Hood, Byron, and Poe.

   EJ; Goldman 930
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Other:    Periodical
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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