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Lot #    7586
Auction End Date    7/13/2004 12:54:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Sefat Britanya
Title (Hebrew)    שפת בריטאניא
Author    [Stanislav Hoga]
City    London
Publisher    A. Macintosh
Publication Date    1840
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   First edition. [1], 144 pp., 215:137 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original half leather, rubbed.
          
Detailed
Description
   A grammer of the English language for the use of Hebrews.

Stanislav Hoga (1791–1860), was born in Kazimierz (near Lublin) and educated in a hasidic home, Hoga served as an interpreter to Napoleon's army stationed in Poland and subsequently became a mediator on behalf of the Jews with the authorities. In 1817, he moved to Warsaw where he became the secretary of the "Jewish Committee" of the Warsaw Municipality. The post enabled him to convey valuable information in this capacity to the Warsaw Jewish leaders concerning edicts which were to be issued. In 1825, he converted to Christianity but continued to aid the Jews, and in a comprehensive essay, written in Polish, he refuted anti-Semitic claims. In 1833, he disappeared from Warsaw, later appeared in London where he worked as a missionary, and in 1839 translated into Hebrew A. Mac-Caul's conversionist missionary work Netivot Olam (19106) followed by other works such as Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress (2 vols., 1844). He also translated Christian prayers, other proselytizing literature, and was one of the editors of a Hebrew edition of the New Testament (1838) and published an English grammar in the Hebrew language (1840). In 1845, he returned to Judaism and published a number of articles on Jewish values and ethics. In his last years he patented a number of inventions, but nevertheless died in penury.

          
Reference
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   Vinograd, London 369; EJ
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
England:    Checked
  
Subject
Other:    Grammar
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, English
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica