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Lot #    14344
Auction End Date    4/25/2006 1:22:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Neuaufgefundene hebraeische Bibelhandschriften
Author    [First Ed.] Dr. A. Harkavy
City    St. Petersburg - Leipzig
Publisher    l'Academie Imperiale des sciences
Publication Date    1884
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [5], 48, [5 charts] pp. plus title wrappers bound in, wide margins, age stained, chipping, loose not bound.
   Dr. Albert Harkavy (Abraham Elijah; 18351919), Russian orientalist, scholar of Jewish history and literature. Harkavy was born in Novogrudok, Belorussia. He studied at Lithuanian yeshivot and at the universities of St. Petersburg, Berlin, and Paris. On his return to Russia in 1870 he began teaching ancient oriental history. The opposition in certain circles to the appointment of a Jew to a university lectureship prompted the Russian government to cancel his post, and he was transferred to the department of Jewish literature and oriental manuscripts at the Imperial Library in St. Petersburg. In 1877 he was made head of that department, remaining in that position for the rest of his life.

Harkavy published in Russian a description of Samaritan scrolls of the Torah found in the St. Petersburg public library (1874), and with H. L. Strack a description in German of the Bibles found in Firkovich's collection (1875). He devoted a special essay in German, Neuaufgefundene hebraeische Bibelhandschriften (1884), to biblical manuscripts he acquired later. These descriptions are important from both paleographic and historical points of view, as the manuscripts contain various notes and comments added by the authors and copyists. Harkavy was esteemed by the czarist regime, and in the 1890s he was awarded a hereditary noble title and made an honorary member of several scientific societies in various countries. He was active in the Jewish community of St. Petersburg as the gabbai of the central synagogue and as a member of Mefizei Haskalah be-Yisrael and Mekizei Nirdamim societies. A listing of his entire work through 1907, including 392 titles, was published by D. Magid with corrections and supplements by S. A. Poznanski in a Festschrift published on the occasion of Harkavy's 70th birthday, Zikkaron le-Avraham Eliyahu (1908).

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Language:    German
Manuscript Type
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