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Lot #    24575
Auction End Date    9/22/2009 10:18:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Toldot Rashi
Title (Hebrew)    תולדות רש'י
Author    [First Ed.] Leopold Zunz
City    Lvov (Lemberg)
Publisher    Loebl Balaban
Publication Date    1840
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition of translation. [8], 50 ff., 208:137 mm., light age staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in modern half cloth and marbled paper boards. CD-EPI with [6] ff.
   Biography of Rashi by the historian, Leopold Zunz (Yom Tov Lipman, 1794–1886), translated from the German original, Salomon ben Isaac, genannt Raschi, [Berlin 1822], into Hebrew by Samson Bloch (1784-85).

Zinberg describes this biography as, “Literally epoch-making, however, was his [Zunz] scholarly study of Rashi (“Saloman ben Isaac, genannt Rashi). With enormous scholarship Zunz managed to illuminate one of the obscurest but also most interesting moments in the cultural history of Franco-German Jewry. From scanty material scattered among hundreds of books, he erected a complete structure, provided a more or less substantial portrait of the great Parshandatha, or commentator, and his environment. He leads us into Rashi’s library and tells us the sources from which the great master drew the material required for his works which had such an enormous influence on the culture of the Jewish people.”

Paragraph 2    ... רבינו שלמה יצחקי זצ"ל המכונה בשם רש"י... ספריו ופירושיו, הוריו ומוריו, צאצאי מעיו ותלמידיו. נכתב בל"א [בלשון אשכנז] מהרב... יום-טוב ליפמאן. הנודע בשם דאקטאר צונז מברלין. ונעתק ללה"ק [ללשון הקודש] עם הערות ותקונים מאתי שמשון בלאך הלוי...
   Waxman III 196; Zinberg IX 13; CD-EPI 0160569
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
History:    Checked
Other:    Haskalah
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica