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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
   [5], 73, [6], 74-109 ff., 163:102 mm., wide margins, usual light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   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.
   CD-EPI 0130635; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Other:    Haskalah
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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