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Lot #    19323
Auction End Date    11/13/2007 11:38:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Yiddishe Witzen
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Only Ed.] Yehoshua Hana Ravnitzky
City    Berlin
Publisher    Moriah
Publication Date    1922
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. VI, [9], 264 pp., 215:138 mm., wide margins, usual light age staining. A very good copy not bound.
   Collection of Yiddish humor by Yehoshua Hana Ravnitzky (18591944), Hebrew journalist and publisher. Born in Odessa, Rawnitzki began his journalistic careerin which he continued for most of his lifein 1879, by contributing first to Ha-Kol, and then to other periodicals. His articles, first in Hebrew and later in Yiddish, were largely the result of his activities in the Hibbat Zion movement. He was the editor and publisher of the literary collection Pardes (3 vols., 189296), a forum for the outstanding Hebrew writers of the time and a forerunner of Ha-Shilo'ah. With his publication of H.N. Bialik's first poem, "El ha-Zippor," in Pardes, Rawnitzki became Bialik's first patron, thus initiating a lifelong association with the poet. Some of his own works appeared in Pardes and subsequently in Ha-Shilo'ah, as well as other periodicals. Special recognition was aroused by a series of feuilletons, "Kevurat Soferim" ("The Burial of Writers"), which were written with Shalom Aleichem under the pseudonyms of Eldad (Shalom Aleichem) and Medad (Rawnitzki). As a result of his teaching experience and interest in pedagogical problems, he established the Moriah publishing house in Odessa in 1901, together with S. Ben-Zion and Bialik, having influenced the latter to move to Odessa. The publishing house, the first of his joint endeavors with Bialik, began with the publication of textbooks (e.g., Sippurei ha-Mikra, 190305), followed by the influential aggadic anthology Sefer ha-Aggadah (190811), and many other books. This partnership between the two continued until the poet's death. Bialik frequently complained that Rawnitzki's role was not sufficiently appreciated. Settling in Erez Israel in 1921, Rawnitzki, together with Bialik and S. Levin, founded the Devir publishing house, where he published the works on which he and Bialik had cooperated (e.g., the commentary on the poems of Moses ibn Ezra and Solomon ibn Gabirol).

Later, he published Dor ve-Soferav (2 vols., 192637), a collection of his articles and memoirs on Bialik, Mendele Mokher Seforim, and other writers of his time, and Mikhtavim le-Vat Yisrael (2nd ed., 1923), on educational problems. A collection of his articles, Be-Sha'arei Sefer (1961), was published by S. Kremer, together with a comprehensive introduction by the editor. Rawnitzki also published Yiddish books and edited various Yiddish periodicals.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Other:    Humor
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Yiddish
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica