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Bidding Information
Lot #    20168
Auction End Date    4/1/2008 10:17:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Der Prophet Jona
Author    [Bibliophile Ed. - Illustrated]
City    Berlin
Publisher    Soncino Gesellschaft
Publication Date    1924
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   11, [1] pp., quarto, 253:170 mm., crisp margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original boards, rubbed
   Numbered illustrated bibliophile edition of the Book of Jonah published by the famed bibliographical society, The Soncino Gesellschaft. This edition, number 239 of 240, bears their pressmark, the famous tower first used by Gershom Soncino in the first decades of the sixteenth century. The text is entirely in German, is set in their Germanic font and accompanied by woodcuts.

The Soncino Gesellschaft Der Freunde Des Juedischen Buches, a Jewish bibliophile society, was founded in Berlin in 1924, and liquidated by order of the Nazi government of Prussia in 1937. The Society aimed at the typographic improvement of the Jewish and Hebrew book; 15 regular publications were primarily intended to introduce to the Jewish book-world suitable models to be imitated by the commercial producers. The Society, therefore, commissioned all the different types of literary products likely to appear in print, such as scholarly works and periodicals, novels, short stories, plays, texts illustrated by modern artists, and reprints of interesting rare books. The texts were chosen from Jewish literature of all periods and languages. Leading master-printers selected the printing type, size, and paper of each individual publication in order to design an external appearance in accordance with its contents. The most ambitious enterprise of the Society was the creation of a new Hebrew printing type, a task not attempted for many generations. The letters were designed by Markus Behmer, who based his work on the script used by Gershom Kohen in his Haggadah, printed in 1527 in Prague. The "Behmer type" appeared for the first, and last, time in the Pentateuch printed for the Society in 193033 by E.W. Tieffenbach at his "Officina Serpentis" printing press in Berlin. The Society published Soncino Blaetter; Beitraege zur Kunde des juedischen Buches, edited between 1925 and 1937 by Herrmann Meyer, the founder and honorary secretary of the Society. In addition, Mitteilungen der Soncino Gesellschaft appeared between 1928 and 1932 with A. Horodisch as editor.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
Language:    German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica