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Lot #    10981
Auction End Date    7/12/2005 1:00:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Mesped Gadol ve-Kevod Me’od
Title (Hebrew)    מספד גדול וכבד מאוד
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Mehiel Shimon ben Jehiel Michael Mai
City    Dyhernfurth
Publisher    Almanah Joseph Mai
Publication Date    1811
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [1], 14 ff., 197:152 mm., wide margins, usual age staining, stamps. A good copy bound in modern boards.
   Eulogy delivered by R. Mehiel Shimon ben Jehiel Michael Mai for his brother, R. Joseph Mai. The title page states that the eulogy was delivered in the deceased’s synagogue in Breslau on Tuesday, 5 Tevet 571 (January 1, 1811). The title page states that afterwards there was, “the voice of those who cry” (Exodus 32:18) in mourning, that we hear in the “camp of the Hebrews” (I Samuel 4:6), and so we say, “to divide him in Jacob, and to scatter him in Israel” (cf. Genesis 49:7) in order that every one can quench his thirst for wisdom they yearn, “A wise man will hear, and will increase (Proverbs 1:5) knowledge. There is an introduction, and then the text, all in two columns in rabbinic type, excepting headers and initial words which are in square letters. R. Joseph Mai was a Talmudic scholar and wrote prefaces to the works of his father-in-law, R. Isaiah Berlin, rabbi of Breslau. He wrote also, in collaboration with his brother, notes to the four Turim (Dyhernfurth, 1790).

The Mai family were famous printers in Dyhernfurth. Dyhernfurth (Pol. Brzeg Dolny) is a town in Lower Silesia; from 1945 in Poland, near Wroclaw (Breslau). Its Jewish community dates from 1688, when Shabbetai Bass, founder of modern Hebrew bibliography, leased printing privileges from the local magnate who, in turn, held them from the emperor. A community was formed by 13 families, all employed in Bass's printing works. Both Bass and his son Joseph had to contend with the hostility of the Jesuits, but printing continued until 1762, from 1717 under Berel Nathan, husband of Bass's granddaughter Esther, and later under Esther herself. Other printing houses were established by Samuel b. Abraham Katz (until 1767), Abraham Lewin (until 1771), and Solomon Koenigsberg (1774–75) About 1780 Jehiel Michael May from Breslau established another printing-office, which, after his death in 1790, was managed at first by his widow Rachel, and his sons Michael, Simon, Aron, and Joseph, but later by Joseph alone.

Paragraph 2    אשר... דרש... הרב... ר' מיכאל שמעון מייא נרו יאיר בן... מיכל מייא מ"ס זצלה"ה, על מות אחיו הרב... יוסף מייא זצלה"ה, בבה"כ של אותו צדיק מוהר"י... פה ברעסלא... ה טבת תקע"א... יום הולדת לשנת ששה וארבעים שנה, לשני חיי הרב המנוח... הובא תחת מכבש הדפוס, מאת... ר' אברהם מונק... מחותנו של הרב המנוח... וה"ה מוהר"ר דוד שקלאוור... חתן הרב המנוח...

הדפוס על-פי פרידברג, תולדות הדפוס העברי באירופה, אנטוורפן תרצ"ז, עמ' 71.

   EJ; JE; Vin Dyhernfurth 439; CD-EPI 0145142
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Other:    Eulogies
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica