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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
   [4], 85 ff., 170:105 mm., light age staining, wide margins, old hands, stamps. A very good copy bound in later cloth boards.
   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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   CD-EPI 0138569
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Other:    Philosophy
Language:    Hebrew, Judeo-German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica