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Lot #    19649
Auction End Date    1/8/2008 11:41:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Shirim, Meshalim u-Mikhtamim
Title (Hebrew)    שירים משלים ומכתמים
Author    [Only Ed.] Gerson Rosenzweig
City    New York
Publisher    S. Levine
Publication Date    1893
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 70, [4] pp., 178:118 mm., wide margins, usual light age staining, library stamps. A very good copy loose in later boards, rubbed.
   Gerson Rosenzweig (1861–1914), was born in Lithuania, he taught Hebrew in Bialystok, and in 1888 he emigrated to the United States. Rosenzweig edited several Hebrew periodicals - Ha-Ivri (1891–1902), Kadimah (1899–1902), Ha-Devorah (1911–12) - they were short-lived and earned him neither fame nor a livelihood. He also edited Hebrew columns in the Yiddish press. Though he was a versifier rather than a poet, he had a genuine flair for satire and he was known to his contemporaries as the "sweet satirist of Israel" and as a parodist he earned an honorable place in Hebrew literature. His Talmud Yanka'i ("Yankee Talmud," 1907, 1909) poured a stream of ill-humored sarcasm on the peddler, the teacher, the rabbi. The pages of that collection of satires resembled the pages of the Talmud: the text in large letters, wreathed by commentary in Rashi script, is divided into six tractates instead of the talmudic six orders. Rosenzweig also denounced the vulgarisms of the country, the worship of money, the religion of success. Epigrammatic neatness was his forte. Example: "What is the difference between a convert and an anarchist? A convert denies what he believes, an anarchist believes what he denies." Using a biblical phrase he quipped sardonically about his impending death by cancer of the tongue: "Life and death are at the mercy of the tongue" (Prov. 18:21). He published two books of epigrams: Shirim, Meshalim u-Mikhtamim (1893) and Hamishah ve-Elef Mikhtamim (1903; reprinted in Russia).
Paragraph 2    [הסכמות]: הגות רע, מאת יצחק ראבינאוויץ איש קאוונא; לידידי המשורר, מאת מ[נחם] מ[נדל] דאליצקי.
   CD-EPI 0167149; Singerman 4588; Deinard 807
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Other:    Poetry
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica