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Lot #    16887
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 11:03:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ad Eimatai Dibberu Ivrit?
Title (Hebrew)    עד אימתי דברו עברית?
Author    [First Ed.] Eliezer Ben Yehuda
City    New York
Publisher    Kadimah Publishing Association
Publication Date    1919
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 132 pp., 8 vo., 174:118 mm., stamps, usual age staining, bound in the original cloth boards, spine detached.
   Scholarly review of the history of the Hebrew language by Eliezer Ben-Yehuda (1858–1922), Hebrew writer and lexicographer, generally considered the father of modern Hebrew, and one of the first active Zionist leaders. Born Eliezer Yizhak Perelman in Luzhky, Lithuania, he officially adopted the pseudonym Ben-Yehuda, which he had previously used in his literary activities, when he went to Palestine. During World War I, when Jamal Pasha, the Turkish commander in Palestine, outlawed Zionism, Ben-Yehuda left for the United States. There he wrote his book Ad Eimatai Dibberu Ivrit? ("Until When was Hebrew Spoken?" 1919). He returned to Palestine in 1919. Together with M. Ussishkin, he prevailed upon Herbert Samuel, the British high commissioner, to declare Hebrew one of the three official languages of the country. He founded Sefatenu, a society for the propagation of Hebrew, and also served as secretary of the Planning Committee of the Hebrew University.
Paragraph 2    עמ' [5-6]:, הדפים הבאים בזה הם שער אחד משערי המבוא הגדול לספרי "מלון הלשון העברית הישנה והחדשה" ... ואולם, בדפים הבאים, שהם נועדו יותר לקריאה לקהל ולא לחקירה מרעית לחכמים, טבע הדבר הכריח אותי לקצר ולצמצם בהרבה מקומות'.
   Deinard 627; CD-EPI 0113331
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Other:    Literature
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica