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Lot #    27941
Auction End Date    9/14/2010 12:32:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Mivhar Ketavim
Title (Hebrew)    מבחר כתבים
Author    [Only Ed. - Karaite] Reuben Fahn
City    Israel
Publication Date    1969
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 278, [1] pp. octavo 205:133 pp., usual age staining. A good copy bound in the original boards, rubbed.
   Only edition of these collected works by the Hebrew author Reuben Fahn. Mivhar Ketavimwas edited by Nurith Govrin, who also provided an introduction. Fahn was an expert on Karaite studies, reflected in the subject matter of the essays, the largest section being on Karaite life, Karaite aggadot, and tales.

Reuben Fahn (1878–1939?) was a Hebrew writer and investigator of Karaism. Born in eastern Galicia, he became a prosperous merchant in Halicz and developed an interest in the town's Karaites. He settled in Stanislav in 1918 and became secretary of the National Council of Galician Jewry in the short-lived West Ukrainian Republic (1918–19). On the outbreak of World War II he was put on trial by the Russians for Zionist activities and taken to Russia where he disappeared without trace. A regular contributor to the Hebrew press from his youth, Fahn wrote poetry, articles, and stories, particularly on the Karaites, and studies of Haskalah literature. Two volumes of his collected works were published: Sefer ha-Kara'im (1929) and Pirkei Haskalah (1937). A book of his essays, Massot, appeared in Jerusalem in 1943 (preface by Dov Sadan). His Mivḥar Ketavim (selected works), ed. by N. Govrin, appeared in 1969.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Other:    Kariate
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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