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Bidding Information
Lot #    24796
Auction End Date    9/22/2009 12:08:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Sefer ha-Middot
Title (Hebrew)    ספר המדות
Author    [Haskalah] Naphtali Herz Wessely
City    Lemberg
Publisher    M. F. Poremba
Publication Date    1856
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [5], 73, [6], 74-109 ff., 163:102 mm., wide margins, usual light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
          
Detailed
Description
   Sefer ha-Middot or Musar Haskel, a collection of essays on the essence of the soul and its faculties. The work reflects contemporary philosophical and ethical German thought. Sefer ha-Middot became popular among learned Jews in Eastern Europe.

Naphtali Herz Wessely (Hartwig; 1725–1805), was an important member of the German Haskalah. Wessely's ancestors had fled Poland during the Chmielnicki pogroms and settled in Wesel on the Rhine from where the family took its name. Born in Hamburg, Wessely spent his childhood in Copenhagen where his father was a purveyor to the king of Denmark. He received his religious education at the yeshiva of Jonathan Eybeschuetz, who influenced him greatly, and read literature and scientific works in a number of European languages, Associated with the Feitel Bank, Wessely's business affairs took him to Amsterdam and Berlin. In Berlin he met Moses Mendelssohn and contributed a commentary on Leviticus (Berlin, 1782) to the Biur.

          
Paragraph 2    והוא ספר מוסר השכל ... מאת נפתלי הירץ וויזל ... כרך א. כרך ב לא יצא.
          
Reference
Description
   CD-EPI 0130635; EJ
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Russia-Poland:    Checked
  
Subject
Other:    Haskalah
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica