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Lot #    18711
Auction End Date    8/21/2007 11:31:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Jerusalem
Title (Hebrew)    ירושלים
Author    Abraham Moses Luncz
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Ha-Arukh
Publication Date    1898
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Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 92 pp. plus title wrappers, octavo 190:120 mm., usual age staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound as issued.
   Only edition of this volume (it is no. 2) of the series issued by Abraham Moses Luncz on Erez Israel. This volume, entirely in Hebrew, contains the writings of several prominent scholars, such as Harkavy, Meir Ish Shalom, and others. It presents a varied, colorfuls and appealing picture of Erez Israel in an earlier time.

Abraham Moses Luncz (1854–1918), author, publisher, and editor of geographical works on Erez Israel. Luncz emigrated in 1869 from Kovno, where he was born, to Jerusalem, and was accepted as a pupil in the Ez Hayyim yeshivah. The director, R. Moses Nehemiah Kahana, was in favor of secular education and the use of Hebrew as a spoken language. Because of this, Luncz was able to continue his secular studies and his reading of Haskalah books. The head of the Jerusalem maskilim at that time was Israel Dov Frumkin; Luncz began to associate with him and took part in the founding of the Maskilim Circle and the Moses Montefiore Library (1873–74). In 1873 he began to write in Frumkin's Ha-Havazzelet, and like the latter, he criticized the methods of the halukkah and its administrators. However, he did not always oppose the traditional community. When H. Graetz attacked the Jerusalem community after his visit of 1873, during which he was insulted by religious fanatics, Luncz defended it in 1874 in his Ivri Anokhi ("I am a Hebrew"). After having already written several geographical articles, Luncz published in 1876 a guide to Jerusalem, Netivot Ziyyon vi-Yrushalayim ("Paths of Zion and Jerusalem"), the first work of this kind in Hebrew. From then until his death he worked tirelessly to perfect his geographical knowledge. In his search for books he visited the libraries of Christian institutions, a revolutionary step for a Jew in the Jerusalem of those days. In 1877 Luncz's sight began to fail. He went to Vienna and Paris to seek medical help, but it was of no avail; by 1879 he was blind. His misfortune did not deter him from his projects. In Vienna he contacted Perez Smolenskin, in connection with the publication of his projected yearbook of Erez Israel. The first volume appeared in Hebrew and English in 1882, after a second trip to Vienna, under the title Jerusalem, Yearbook for the Diffusion of an Accurate Knowledge of Ancient and Modern Palestine. Only 12 volumes appeared by the time of his death 36 years later. The first volume, of which both the Hebrew and the English part were written mostly by Luncz himself when he still had his sight, is the best. The second volume was printed in 1887 on Luncz's own press in Jerusalem. The articles of the second volume were written by some of the greatest scholars of Palestine and other countries. The material in the Hebrew section dealing with the history of the Jewish settlement is unique. Here again, Luncz was the main contributor. Volumes one and two appeared in Hebrew and English; three and four in Hebrew and German. In 1895 he began to publish the Lu'ah Erez Yisrael, a literary almanac, which appeared yearly until 1915. Among the books which he published in improved editions with his own notes, the most important are Kaftor va-Ferah of R. Estori ha-Parhi; Pe'at ha-Shulhan of R. Israel of Shklov; and Tevu'ot ha-Arez of R. Yehoseph Schwarz. In the three volumes of Ha-Me'ammer he published documentary material on Erez Israel. A courageous experiment for a blind man was his publication of the Jerusalem Talmud according to a manuscript that he found in the Vatican Library. By the time of his death, he had reached the tractate Shevi'it. Luncz also wrote Die juedischen Kolonien Palaestinas (1902) and edited Ha-Ikkar ("The Peasant"), 1894–96. Besides these literary activities, he was an active member of the Va'ad ha-Lashon ha-Ivrit ("Committee for the Hebrew Language") and in 1902, with two of his friends, he founded the Educational Center for the Blind.

Paragraph 2    ... קבוצת מאמרים... על ארץ הקדושה, מצבח וקורותיה... בשכבר הימים ובימינו אלה... יוצא לאור על ידי אברהם משה לונץ איש ירושלים... א-יג.

בכרכים א-ח, י-יב שערים נוספים בגרמנית: Jerusalem; Jahrbuch zur Befoerderung einer wissenschaftlich genauen Kentniss des jetztigen und des alten Palaestinas. Herausgegeben... von A. M. Luncz. בכרכים א-ב, יג: שערים נוספים: the for book year ;Jerusalem diffusion of an accurate knowledge of ancient and modern Palestine. Edited by A. M. Luncz... הכרכים א-ד, י-יג יצאו כשנתונים, ה-ט יצאו כרבעונים. בשער כרכי א-ד "שנה". מכרך ה ואילך "כרך" והשער שונה: ירושלים; מאסף ספרותי לחקירת ארה"ק, גלילותיה, קורותיה, קדמוניותיה, תולדות גדוליה, וכל הנוגע לה בעבר ובהוה... קצת טפסים מכרכי א-ד יצאו גם בלא חלק לועזי. עיין מבוא המו"ל לכרך א. א: וויען, דפוס געארג בראג; תרמ"ב. (1881). [3], 262; [6], 196 עמ'. דף מקופל [6], 196 עמ': חלק גרמני. בקצת טפסים חלק אנגלי במקום הגרמני. מספר העמודים בחלק האנגלי: [7], 196. ב: ירושלים, דפוס והוצאת אברהם משה לונץ, תרמ"ז. [7], 184; [15], 96 עמ'. [15], 96 עמ': חלק גרמני. בקצת טפסים חלק אנגלי במקום הגרמני. מספר העמודים של החלק האנגלי: [17], 93, [1]. ג: ירושלים, דפוס המו"ל והוצאתו, תרמ"ט. [4], 232, [1]; [10], 114, [1] עמ'. [10], 114, [1] עמ': חלק גרמני. ד: ירושלים, דפוס המו"ל והוצאתו, תרנ"ב. [6], 236; [4] 104 עמ'. [4], 104 עמ': חלק גרמני. ה: ירושלים, דפוס המו"ל והוצאתו, תרנ"ח-תרס"א. חוב' א: תרנ"ה. 92 עמ'. חוברת ב: תרנ"ט. [93]-188 עמ'. חוברת ג: תרס"א. [189]-284 עמ'. חוברת ד: תרס"א. [285]-382 עמ'. ו: ירושלים, דפוס המו"ל והוצאתו, תרס"ב-תרס"ד. חוב' א: תרס"ב. 76 עמ'. ב: תרס"ג. [77]-172 עמ'. ג: תרס"ג. [173]-264 עמ'. ד: תרס"ד. [265]-354 עמ'. ז: ירושלים, דפוס המו"ל והוצאתו, תרס"ו-תרס"ז. חוב' א-ב: תרס"ו. 180 עמ'. ג: תרס"ו. [181]-278 עמ'. ד: תרס"ז. [279]-376 עמ'. ח: ירושלים, דפוס המו"ל והוצאתו, תרס"ט-תר"ע. חוב' א-ב: תרס"ט. [4], 178 עמ'. ג-ד: תר"ע. [2], [179]-360 עמ'. ט: ירושלים, דפוס המו"ל והוצאתו, תרע"א-תרע"ב. חוב' א-ב: תרע"א. [2], 186 עמ'. ג-ד: תרע"ב. [187]-408 עמ'. י: ירושלים, דפוס המו"ל והוצאתו; תרע"ד (1913), כרך היובל. [6], 312, 320-312, [3], 46 עמ', [3] תצלומים. 46 עמ': קונטרס המפתחות... לעשרת הכרכים של ה"ירושלים". יא-יב: ירושלים, דפוס א. מ. לונץ, תרע"ז (1916). [9], 416 עמ'. יג: ירושלים-ירושלם; דפוס א. מ. לונץ. תרע"ט. פורטריט, [6], 370, [1] עמ'. טקסט גם על המעטפות. כרך זה יצא לאור אחרי מותו, על-ידי בתו חנה לונץ. פורטריט, [6], 370, [1] עמ'. טכסט גם על המעטפות.

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Language:    Hebrew
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