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Lot #    9064
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 2:25:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Igeret Tza'ar Ba'alei Hayyim
Title (Hebrew)    אגרת צער בעלי חיים
Author    [Polemic - Only Ed.] Abraham Baer Gottlober
City    Zhitomir
Publisher    A. S. Shedatov
Publication Date    1868
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 34 pp., 190:128 mm., light age staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary half leather boards, rubbed.
   Fierce polemic against Abraham Uri Kovner's book Heker Davar (Warsaw 1865).

Abraham Baer Gottlober (pseudonyms Abag and Mahalalel, 1810–1899), Hebrew and Yiddish writer and poet. Born in Staro-Konstantinov (Volhynia), Gottlober was taken to Tarnopol (now Ternopol), Galicia, by his father at the age of 17. In Galicia he came in contact with the Haskalah, of which he was a staunch advocate most of his life, and met Joseph Perl in 1828. Upon his return to Volhynia, his pious father-in-law, violently opposed to his secular studies, compelled him to divorce his wife. Gottlober, embittered by the affair, developed a hostility toward orthodoxy and Hasidism which found satiric expression in his writings. At 19 he remarried and moved to Podolia where, under the influence of Menahem Mendel Levin's works, he began writing in Yiddish and in Hebrew. He wandered from place to place, living between 1830 and 1850 in Bessarabia, Berdichev, and Kremenets. In Kremenets he married for the third time and befriended I. B. Levinsohn. Upon obtaining a government teaching license in 1850 he taught school until 1865 when he was appointed instructor of Talmud at the rabbinical seminary in Zhitomir. There he remained until the government closed down the seminary in 1873.

Paragraph 2    להשיב דברים נכוחים אל אחד השועלים הקטנים המחבלים כרם ספרותנו [אברהם אורי בן צבי קאוונער] ... במכתב פלסתר שלו שקרא בשם חקר דבר [ווארשא תרכ"ו] ... מאת אברהם בער הכהן גאטטלאבער ...
   CD-EPI 0123675; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica