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Lot #    11081
Auction End Date    7/12/2005 2:40:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Dagul me-Revavah
Title (Hebrew)    דגול מרבבה
Author    [Napoleon - Haskalah] Abraham Mendel Mohr
City    Chernovtsy
Publisher    Johann Eckardt & Sohn
Publication Date    1855
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Only edition. [4], 228 pp., 188:120 mm., light age and damp staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
          
Detailed
Description
   A biography of Napoleon I by Abraham Mendel Mohr. This rare work is reputed to be the sole Hebrew title solely devoted to the life of Napoleon. Dagul me-Revavah: Sefer Toldot Melekh Rav, Napoleon ha-Rishon, is a biography of Napoleon, who is described, on the title page, as the great king, Emperor of France. The book addresses his wars, mighty deeds, and his glory and greatness, from the time of his birth. It was published by Moses Judah Leib ha-Levi Horowitz, together with his brother-in-law Asher Horowitz. The verso of the title page has errata. There is an introduction by Mohr and then the text of the book, which is in a single column in square unvocalized letters. At the end of the book is a decorative cornucopia tail-piece.

Abraham Menahem Mendel Mohr (1815–1868), born in Lemberg, was a maskil who wrote in Hebrew and Yiddish. His fecund literary work commenced in 1834 when he published Magen ha-Hokhmah, in which he defended science and philosophy. Together with N. I. Fischmann, Jacob Bodek, and Jacob Mentsch he issued the two volume Ha-Ro’eh u-Mevakker Sifrei Mehabberei Zemannenu (1837, 1839), in which famous scholars were harshly criticized. The book aroused the anger of his contemporaries. His publication Yerushalayim, which appeared for three issues (1844–45), was more moderate. In 1848–49 he published a Yiddish newspaper, Tsaytung, which at the time was the only Yiddish newspaper in the world. Mohr wrote about the Rothschilds (Tiferet Yisrael, 1843), Columbus (1846), and Napoleon III (Hut ha-Meshullash, 1853). His works also included Mevasseret Ziyyon, (1847), a geography of Palestine and its Jewish inhabitants, and his Purim parodies Kol Bo le-Purim (1855) and Shulhan Arukh Even ha-Shetiyyah (1861). He published editions of Mikveh Yisrael by Manasseh Ben Israel (1847) and La-Yesharim Tehillah by M. H. Luzzatto (1859).

          
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Reference
Description
   Cohen Areshet III Czernowitz 54; Kressel, Leksikon, 2 (1967), 320–2; Vin Czernowitz 112; Zeitlin, Bibliotheca, 242–4; CD-EPI 0147169
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Russia-Poland:    Checked
  
Subject
History:    Checked
Other:    Haskalah
  
Characteristic
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Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica