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Lot #    16302
Auction End Date    12/5/2006 10:06:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Brant Shpigl
Title (Hebrew)    ברנט שפיגל
Author    [Women] R. Moses b. Hanokh Altschul
City    Frankfort am Main
Publication Date    1676
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [104] ff., 192:153 mm., usual age staining, title repaired with small loss on verso. A good copy bound in comtemporary full vellum boards. Rare - most copies were destroyed by heavy usage.
          
Detailed
Description
   R. Moses b. Hanokh Altschul (c. 1546–1633), early Yiddish writer. He was the author of the Brant Shpigl ("The Burning Mirror"), the first original comprehensive book of ethics in Yiddish. Printed by Conrad Waldkirch in Basle in 1602, it was based upon Altschul's earlier Hebrew ethical tract Mar'ah ha-Sorefet (1577). Brant Shpigl was part of the cycle of Yiddish didactic works appearing in the late 16th and early 17th century addressed primarily to women who could not read Hebrew. Altschul's volume emphasized women's duties and ideal moral behavior, and included chapters on such subjects as "how a modest woman should behave at home" and "how a woman should treat her domestic help." Three editions were published during the author's lifetime; it continued to be reprinted until 1706 and became particularly popular among German Jews. Other books followed in imitation of Altschul; for example, the Tsukht Shpigl ("Mirror of Modesty"), a rhymed, versified compendium of proverbs alphabetically arranged, selected by Seligman Ulma from holy texts (1610, and frequently reprinted); and Kleyn Brant Shpigl ("The Smaller Burning Mirror") edited by Judah b. Israel Regensburg. Its original title in 1566 had been Mishlei Khakhomim, but it was renamed as a result of the popularity of Brant Shpigl.
          
Reference
Description
   Vinograd 37 (incomplete)
        
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Listing Classification
Period
17th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Germany:    Checked
  
Subject
Customs:    Checked
Other:    Women's Literature
  
Characteristic
Language:    Yiddish
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica