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Lot #    32529
Auction End Date    12/20/2011 12:41:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Torah Neviim Ketubim
Title (Hebrew)    תורה נביאים וכתובים
Author    [Haham M. Gaster Presentation Copy]
City    Vienna
Publisher    דפוס אדאלף האלצהויזען
Publication Date    1889
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [2], 1384 pp., 8°, 214:125 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary full leather over boards, tooled in blind, rubbed. Inscription on fly.
Paragraph 1    Inscribed to a Bar Mizvah boy by Haham Moses Gaster (1856–1939) chief rabbi, scholar. He was born in Bucharest and studied at the University of Breslau and the Jewish Theological Seminary of Breslau, where he was ordained in 1881. He taught Romanian language and literature in the University of Bucharest, 1881–85, published a popular history of Romanian literature, Literatura Popularǎ Românǎ (1883), and began his great chrestomathy of Romanian literature Chrestomatie Românǎ (2 vols., 1891). In 1885, because of his protests against the treatment of the Jews, he was expelled from Romania. He settled in England where he was appointed to teach Slavonic literature at Oxford University in 1886. In 1887 he was appointed haham of the English Sephardi community. Gaster's abilities as a scholar and an orator gave him an outstanding position both in the Anglo-Jewish community and in those areas of intellectual life in which he became a recognized authority, e.g., folklore and Samaritan literature. However, Gaster had a stubborn and combative personality, and this led to an unwillingness to retreat from a position once taken, which did not enhance his reputation. When he was principal of Judith Montefiore College, Ramsgate (1891–96), he endeavored to make it an institution for training rabbis, but the attempt failed. In 1918, after disagreements with his congregation, Gaster retired from the office of haham.
   Bible edited by Meir Letteris (Max; 1800?–1871), Hebrew poet, writer, and editor. The work was first published in Zholkva 1822 by the author's father, the printer Gershon. Max was born in Zolkiew (now Zholkva), Letteris, as a child, was introduced to Nachman Krochmal whom he henceforth considered his mentor. In spite of fame, professional recognition, public honors, and numerous editions of several of his works, he struggled financially all his life, holding jobs as copyreader in different printing houses (but especially in that of Anton von Schmid), and lecturing, publishing periodicals, selling subscriptions, writing occasional poems, and, for some time, even receiving charity. In the course of his work as a copyreader in Vienna, Pressburg, and Prague, he edited important reprints and first editions, to which he added notes, explanations, and biographies. The latter, along with his autobiography, letter collections, and the contributions of his contemporaries to his various publications, convey a vivid picture of the Galician-Austrian Haskalah and all its leading personalities.
Paragraph 2    ... הוגה... על ידי... מאיר הלוי לעטעריס.

ד"ס של וויען תרמ"ב.

   CD-EPI 0305888
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
England:    Checked
Other:    Austria
Bible:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica