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Lot #    12576
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 11:53:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Nachricht
Author    [Only Ed.] Carl Anton
City    Braunschweig
Publisher    Buchhandlung des Grossen Waysenhauses
Publication Date    1756
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 56 pp., 162:97 mm., nice margins, light age staining, stamps. A very good copy bound in modern half cloth boards. This volume is quite rare. WorldCat lists only three libraries worldwide that own it.
Paragraph 1    Title: Nachricht von einem höchst raren alten rabbinischen Buche, welches in eines hochweisen Raths Bibliothek zu Hamburg anzutreffen and dabey zugleich ein kurzer Abriss von allen jüdischen Ehe- und Civil-Gesetzen, Gegeben und Entworfen
   A commentary on Jacob ben Asher's Turim, published in Piove de Sacco, 1475, by Carl Anton. Anton was born in Mitau (Courland), of Jewish parentage; lived in the eighteenth century. He claimed descent from Hayyim Vital Calabrese. After studying for seven years at Prague under Jonathan Eibenschütz, Anton traveled in the East, and on his return became a convert to Christianity, and was baptized at Wolfenbüttel. The duke of Brunswick appointed him professor of Hebrew at Helmstedt. He was distinguished from the usual Jewish convert to Christianity by the fact that, though he occasionally reviled his former coreligionists, he also spoke well of them, even vindicating them in his book on the Jewish oath ("Einleitung in die Jüdischen und Rabbinischen Rechte, dabey Insbesonderheit von einem Judeneide," etc., Brunswick, 1756), against some of Eisenmenger's aspersions. Anton took part in the well-known dispute between R. Jacob Emden and R. Jonathan Eibenschütz, in which he warmly defended the latter ("Kurze Nachricht von dem Falschen Messias, Shabbethai Zevi," etc., Wolfenbüttel, 1752; "Nachlese zu Dieser Nachricht," Brunswick, 1753). He wrote a Latin tract on the legend of "The Wandering Jew," entitled "Commentatio Historica de Judæo Immortali in qua hæc Fabula Examinatur et Confutatur," Helmstedt, 1756; translated Abraham Jagel's catechism," Lev Tov" (Good Instruction), Brunswick, 1756; and gave a description of a rare copy of "Shulhan 'Arukh Even ha-'Ezer," to be found in manuscript in the City Library, Hamburg. He also wrote "Fabulæ Antiquitatum Ebraicarum Veterum," etc., Brunswick, 1756. His "Sammlung einiger Rabbinischer Oden nebst einer Freyen Übersetzung," Brunswick, 1753, is a curious production, as the odes are written neither in Hebrew nor in Rabbinic, and would be unintelligible but for the accompanying German translation.
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica