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Lot #    16615
Auction End Date    12/5/2006 12:40:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Sifrat Yisroel b-Amerika
Title (Hebrew)    ספרת ישראל באמעריקא
Author    [Polemic - First & Limited Ed.] Ephraim Deinard
City    Jaffa - New York
Publisher    A. Atin
Publication Date    1910-13
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. viii, 85; [2], 110 pp., 227:165 mm., wide margins, usual light age staining, printed on gloss paper, small tear in final affecting several words. A good copy loose in the original boards, spine taped.
Paragraph 1    Limited edition - Author states on title and in Kohelet America that only 250 copies were printed.
   Bibliography of Hebrew books printed in America, preceeded by a virluent polemical attack on all the groups he dislikes. Ephraim Deinard, (1846–1930), bibliographer and Hebrew author was born in Sasmakken, Latvia, Deinard wandered in his youth, collecting ancient manuscripts and books in many countries, and then established a bookshop in Odessa. In 1897 he tried unsuccessfully to found an agricultural settlement in Nevada (U.S.). An active Zionist, he settled in Palestine in 1913 where he investigated the possibilities of Jewish settlement. After being expelled by the Turks in 1916 he returned to the United States and continued his bibliographical work. His two most noteworthy bibliographical works are Or Mayer: Catalogue of the Old Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books of the Library of the Hon. Mayer Sulzberger of Philadelphia (1896) and Koheleth America (1926), a listing of Hebrew books published in America from 1735 to 1926. The first part of the latter work contains essays on the state of Hebrew literature in America, which are written in his unadorned, but typically acerbic, style. He laid the foundations of the Hebrew book and manuscript collections of the Library of Congress with the financial aid of Jacob Schiff. A violent polemicist on many controversial subjects, he attacked Reform Judaism, Hasidism, Christianity, and Karaism. Deinard was a prolific Hebrew writer, producing more than 50 books and pamphlets often signed with his pseudonym, Adir.
Paragraph 2    מחלקה ראשונה, מאמרים שונים. מחלקה שניה, רשימת כל ספרי ישראל בעברית, שנדפסו באמעריקא משנת תצ"ה עד היום (תרע"ה), מאת אפרים דיינארד ...

... עמ' III: הספר ... נדפס בנויארק. וההדפסה נמשכה זמן רב מחסר מסדרים השומעים עברית. ועל כן הבאתי את העלים הנדפסים ליפו לגמור את הדפסתו.

   Deinard, Koheleth America 612; EJ; CD-EPI 0125905
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Bibliography:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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