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Bidding Information
Lot #    10880
Auction End Date    7/12/2005 11:19:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Sefer Behinat Olam
Title (Hebrew)    בחינות עולם
Author    [Haskalah]
City    Furth
Publisher    Itzik Zirndorf
Publication Date    1821
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [4], 85 ff., 170:105 mm., light age staining, wide margins, old hands, stamps. A very good copy bound in later cloth boards.
          
Detailed
Description
   R. Jedaiah Bedersi's classic with a Judeo-German commentary and translation by several prominent Haskalah and Reform members including Moses Mendelssohn.

Sefer Behinat Olam ("The Book of the Examination of the World"), a lyrical, ethical monograph on the theme of the futility and vanity of this world, and the inestimably greater benefits of intellectual and religious pursuits. Behinat Olam, written in florid prose and rich in imagery, combines philosophic doctrine and religious fervor with a good measure of asceticism and pessimism.

Published originally in Mantua between 1476 and 1480, the work has been reprinted numerous times. It has been translated into English (Behinat Olam or An Investigation of... Organization of the World, London, 1806), Latin, French, German, Polish, and Yiddish, and numerous commentaries have been written on it.

          
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Reference
Description
   CD-EPI 0138569
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Germany:    Checked
  
Subject
Other:    Philosophy
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew, Judeo-German
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica