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Lot #    19441
Auction End Date    11/13/2007 12:38:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    History of Hebrew Topography in Italy
Title (Hebrew)    תולדות הדפוס העברי במדינות איטליה
Author    [Bibliography] Hayyim dov Ber Friedberg
City    Tel Aviv
Publisher    Gutenberg
Publication Date    1956
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Second and expanded edition. 169, [2, 31 facimilies] pp., 273:218 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Second and expanded edition of the classic work of Hebrew printing in Italy by Hayyim dov Ber Friedberg (1876–1961). He was born in Cracow, and in 1900 moved to Frankfort, where he worked for the publisher and bookseller Isaac Kauffmann. In 1904 he set up his own firm and by 1906 had published two catalogs; in the same year he and J. Saenger founded the publishing house of Saenger and Friedberg. In 1910 the partnership broke up, and Friedberg entered the diamond trade, moving to Antwerp. When the Nazis occupied Belgium, he lost his valuable library and all his papers. In 1946 he settled in Tel Aviv, continuing to deal in diamonds but with his heart in books and his bibliographical and genealogical researches. Beginning in 1896 Friedberg published in Hebrew a number of biographies, among them, in addition to this work, Shabbetai Kohen (1898), and Nathan Spira (1899); family histories, e.g., Schor (1901), Landau (1905), and Horowitz (1911, 1928); and a study on the old Jewish cemetery of Cracow, Luhot Zikkaron (1897, 1904, 1969). Friedberg's first bibliographical effort was a history of Hebrew printing in Cracow, Ha-Defus ha-Ivri be-Cracow (1900), followed by a similar study on Lublin, Le-Toledot ha-Defus ha-Ivri be-Lublin (1901). In 1932 he began publishing a series of works on the history of Hebrew printing, Toledot ha-Defus ha-Ivri; the series included volumes on Poland (1932, 1950); on Italy, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, and the Orient (1934, 1956); on Central Europe (1935); and on Western Europe (1937). His greatest achievement was his bibliographical lexicon Beit Eked Sefarim (1 vol., 1928–31; 4 vols., 1951–562, the second edition listing Hebrew books published by 1950). Friedberg's works are are indispensable bibliographical reference books.
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   EJ; CD-EPI 0159163
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Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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