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Lot #    13987
Auction End Date    4/25/2006 10:24:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Psalms 92
Title (Hebrew)    תהלים צ'ב
Author    [Bible - Limited Ed.]
City    Berlin
Publisher    Soncino Gesellschaft at Aldus Druck
Publication Date    1933
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [5] pp., 266:174 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original paper wrappers. Limited edition of 700 copies.
   Chapter 92 of Psalms in a limited edition distributed to the members of the Soncino Gesellschaft, courtesy of Georg Lipschitz. The Soncino Gesellschaft der Freunde des Juediscvhen Buches, was a Jewish bibliophile society, founded in Berlin in 1924, and liquidated by order of the Nazi government of Prussia in 1937. The Society aimed at the typographic improvement of the Jewish and Hebrew book; 15 regular publications were primarily intended to introduce to the Jewish book-world suitable models to be imitated by the commercial producers. The Society, therefore, commissioned all the different types of literary products likely to appear in print, such as scholarly works and periodicals, novels, short stories, plays, texts illustrated by modern artists, and reprints of interesting rare books. The texts were chosen from Jewish literature of all periods and languages. Leading master-printers selected the printing type, size, and paper of each individual publication in order to design an external appearance in accordance with its contents.

The most ambitious enterprise of the Society was the creation of a new Hebrew printing type, a task not attempted for many generations. The letters were designed by Markus Behmer, who based his work on the script used by Gershom Kohen in his Haggadah, printed in 1527 in Prague. The "Behmer type" appeared for the first, and last, time in the Pentateuch printed for the Society in 1930–33 by E. W. Tieffenbach at his "Officina Serpentis" printing press in Berlin.

The Society published Soncino Blaetter; Beitraege zur Kunde des juedischen Buches, edited between 1925 and 1937 by Herrmann Meyer, the founder and honorary secretary of the Society. In addition, Mitteilungen der Soncino Gesellschaft appeared between 1928 and 1932 with A. Horodisch as editor.

Paragraph 2    פרק צב מתהלים. שני פסוקים מתוכו נדפסו בצבע אדום. הטקסט לא מנוקד. קולופון:

"Der zweiundneunzigste Psalm wnrde den mitgliedern der Soncino-gesellschaft anlaesslich des festabends am 9. April 1932 in Berlin von Georg Lipschitz gewidmet. Gedruckt in 700 exemplaren bei Aldus druck Berlin Schrift: Aldus-Hebraeisch".

   CD-EPI 0315608; EJ
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica