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Lot #    12884
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 2:27:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Die Inschriften des Alten Judenfriedhofes, Part I
Author    [First Ed.] Bernhard Wachstein
City    Vienna - Leipzig
Publisher    Wilhelm Braumuller
Publication Date    1912
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. LXIV, [1], 592, [3, 13 photo charts, 1 foldout] pp., quarto, 292:202 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in later cloth boards, taped.
   Volume 1 of 2 of a scholarly study of the tombstones of the Viennese Jewish community dating from 1540 to 1783 including photo, transcription, and notes on each burial.

Bernhard Wachstein (18681935), historian, bibliographer, and genealogist. Born in Galicia, he was educated in the Vienna rabbinical seminary and University of Vienna. In 1903 he became librarian of the Vienna community. He broadened the Judaica collection and was made assistant director in 1906; later he became director of the library which he built up to 50,000 volumes, making it one of the richest and best ordered in Europe. In 1912 and 1917 he published his two-volume master work, Die Inschriften des alten Judenfriedhofes in Wien, a scholarly study of the tombstones of the Viennese Jewish community dating from 1540 to 1783. Wachstein subsequently rendered a similar service to the community of Eisenstadt and also published a number of monographs on Moravian communities. He compiled bibliographies of eulogies and Hebrew works in Vienna as well as bibliographies of the writings of G. Wolf and M. Guedemann. Among his genealogies of Jewish personalities, that of Karl Marx, which revealed his rabbinical descent, caused considerable astonishment.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Other:    Austria
History:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German, Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica