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Lot #    14386
Auction End Date    4/25/2006 1:43:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ozerot Hayyim
Title (Hebrew)    אוצרות חיים
Author    [Bibliography - First Ed.] Hayyim Michael
City    Hamburg
Publisher    Nahum Halberstadt
Publication Date    1848
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [2], XIV, 378 pp., 196:121 mm., light age staining, wide sharp margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary half cloth and marbled paper boards.
   Heimann Joseph Hayyim Micahael (1792–1846), was born in Hamburg and lived there all his life. He assembled one of the finest collections of Hebrew manuscripts and books, a library containing 5,471 printed books and 862 manuscripts of which 60 were autographs and 110 were written between 1240 and 1450. He maintained a lively correspondence, partly in German in Hebrew letters and partly in an attractive Hebrew, with L. Zunz (in the years 1832–46), S. J. Rapoport, and S. D. Luzzatto. This correspondence is a treasury of bibliographical information. A detailed catalog of Michael's collection, Ozerot Hayyim, with notes by Moritz Steinschneider and an introduction by L. Zunz, appeared in 1848. After Michael's death his friend M. Isler appealed to all friends of Jewish scholarship, wealthy German Jewry in particular, to preserve the priceless collection in Jewish hands and to save it from being sold abroad. The appeal was in vain, and Michael's library was dispersed, the books going to the British Museum in London and the manuscripts to the Bodleian at Oxford for a little over 1,000 British Pounds.

Michael's encyclopedic work, Or ha-Hayyim (1891; repr. Jerusalem, 1965, with additional notes by N. Ben-Menahem), based on his very rich collection, contains the biographies and bibliographies of medieval Jewish scholars.

Added t.p.: . Katalog der Michael'schen Bibliothek, herausgegeben von den Michael'schen Erben, Nebst einem, vielfache Berichtigungen und Excerpte enthaltanden Regist er zun Verzeichniss der Handscriften von Hrn. M. Steinschneider, und eine Vorworte von Hrn. Dr. L. Zunz.

Paragraph 2    רשימת ספרי... ר' חיים בן כהר"ר יוסף מיכל ז"ל הנכתבים והנדפסים... נוסף מפתח האוצר על כ"י, כולל הוספות ותיקונים הרבה והעתקות מקצת כ"י עם הערות מאת... ר' משה שטיינשניידער ופתיחה בל"א [בלשון אשכנז ], מאת ... ד"ר צונץ...
   CD-EPI 0147796; EJ; A. Marx, Studies in Jewish History and Booklore (1944), 221–4; H. Michael, Or ha-Hayyim (1965), introd.
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Bibliography:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica