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Lot #    14295
Auction End Date    4/25/2006 12:57:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Leben und Worte des Balschem
Author    [Only Ed.] Solomon Asher Birnbaum
City    Berlin
Publisher    Welt Verlag
Publication Date    1920
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 125, [1] pp., 185:125 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   Solomon Asher Birnbaum (18911989), paleographer and Yiddish philologist. The son of Nathan Birnbaum, he studied architecture in his native Vienna. After World War I, during which he was seriously wounded, he specialized in Oriental languages in various European universities. Birnbaum was lecturer in Yiddish at Hamburg University from 1922 until he immigrated to England in 1933. There he taught Yiddish and Hebrew paleography at the London School of Oriental Studies (193657) and at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (193958). He wrote for Yiddish newspapers and journals and published a German work on Yiddish grammar (1919, 19662) and Specimens of Yiddish from the Eighth Century Onward (1965). Birnbaum translated stories of Mendele Mokher Seforim from Yiddish into German (192425) and Max Brod's novel Tycho Brahes Weg zu Gott into Yiddish (1921). From Shivhei ha-Besht he adapted Leben und Worte des Balschem (1920; Life and Sayings of the Baal Shem, 1933), and edited a selection of essays by his father, The Bridge (1956). Birnbaum's major work is in paleography. His Hebrew Scripts (part 2, 195457, part 1, 1972), contain examples of Hebrew manuscripts in the form of charts illustrating the evolution of Hebrew script. He also wrote The Qumran (Dead Sea) Scrolls and Paleology (1952).
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German, some Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica