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Lot #    11034
Auction End Date    7/12/2005 1:53:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Agudat Shoshanim
Title (Hebrew)    אגדת שושנים
Author    [Only Ed. - Haskalah] Judah Loeb Stark
City    Prague
Publisher    Scholl’schen Buchdruckerei
Publication Date    1817
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [6], 97 pp., 180:113 mm., nice margins, usual light age staining, old hands. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards. Rare - not found in most major collections.
   Book of Hebrew poetry, figures of speech, epigrams and riddles. The beginning of the book contains two poems in honor of the author by Wolf Meier, and Mordechai Lichtenstern. Meier was a teacher of the Hebrew language to Jewish children in Prague. The book as a whole is dedicated by Stark to his dear friend, Shimon Lichtenstern.

The volume had passed through the censor, who is listed on the title page as Carolus Fischer. He was a Christian censor of Hebrew books in Prague; born in Lichtenstadt, Bohemia, July 5, 1755; died at Prague Jan. 22, 1844. He became assistant (1781), and finally successor, to the imperial censor Leopold Tirsch. He possessed an extensive knowledge of Semitic languages and literatures, as appears from his introductory notes to M. J. Landau's "Rabbinisch-Aramäisch-Deutsches Wörterbuch," dated 1818, and to L. Dukes' translation of Rashi, dated 1833. He maintained a correspondence in Hebrew with Rabbi Eleazar Flekeles of Prague. His learning and impartiality are especially demonstrated in his "Gutmeinung über den Talmud der Hebräer," ed. Em. Baumgarten, Vienna, 1883. Fischer acted for a time as librarian of the University of Prague.

Paragraph 2    כולל שירים ומליצות, מכתמים וחידות, מאת (יהודה)ליב (בן... כה' אהרן) שטארק (מטרענשין)...

בראשו (עמ' [6-3]) שני שירים לכבוד המחבר, מאת וואלף מאיער נ"י (לוית חן) ומרדכי ליכטענשטערן (שיר ידידות).

   CD-EPI 0169322, JE
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Bohemia
Other:    Haskalah
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica