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Lot #    18611
Auction End Date    8/21/2007 10:41:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Pirhei Zafon
Title (Hebrew)    פרחי צפון
Author    [Haskala] Eliezer L. Hurwitz & Samuel J. Fuenn
City    Vilna
Publisher    M. Romm i Z[immel]
Publication Date    1844
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [6], 244 pp. octavo 175:100 mm., nice margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Early haskala journal in Russia edited by Eliezer Lippman Horowitz & Samuel Joseph Fuenn. Initially, the maskilim endeavored to organize themselves under the difficult conditions for free organization in general and for the Jews in particular during the reign of Czar Nicholas I. In many towns small groups of maskilim were established, and, harassed by censorship, they struggled to publish their works, which included the first Hebrew literary periodical there, Pirhei Zafon (Vilna, 1841). Only two volumes were published, this being the second. It includes numerous articles, poetry, and reviews, among them the review by Fuenn of the poetry of Abraham Dov, one of the early important critical works to come from the literary center of Vilna. Anothre writer for Pirhei Zafon was Judah Behak, a noted writer and member of the Vilna maskilim. Another contributor was Zevi Hirsh Katzenellenbogen, one of the early maskilim in Vilna, a Hebrew author, and educator. He was the author of Netivot Olam, a commentary on the Baraita of the 32 Rules (Vilna, 1822); wrote poetry and eulogies, among them a eulogy of R. Hayyim of Volozhin, "Nahal Dimah" ("A Stream of Tears," 1821). Matthias Stashun, the famous collector and bibliophile also contributed. Fuenn (1818-1890), one of the editors was a Hebrew writer of the more traditional wing of the Russian Haskalah and an early member of Hovevei Zion. Born in Vilna, Fuenn received a traditional Jewish education, and afterward joined the circle of Haskalah supporters there. He was a founder of the first Jewish school in the city (1841) where he taught Bible and Hebrew.
Paragraph 2    קבוצת דברי תורה וחכמה, מליצה ושיר. לקטו ונאספו על ידי אליעזר ליפמאן בר"ח [בן ר' חיים] הורוויץ ושמואל יוסף בר"א [בן ר' איזיק] פין...

שמו של המדפיס באותיות קיריליות. קובץ שירים, מאמרים, ביקורת ופובליציסטיקה מסופרים שונים. עיין: י' קלוזנר, היסטוריה של הספרות העברית החדשה, ד, ירושלים תשי"ד, עמ' 117-116.

   BE peh 696; EJ; CD-EPI 0159034
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Other:    Haskala
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica