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Lot #    20245
Auction End Date    4/1/2008 10:56:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Sofrei Yisrael
Title (Hebrew)    סופרי ישראל
Author    [Haskalah - Only Ed.] Samuel Joseph Fuenn
City    Vilna
Publisher    Fine & Rosenkrantz
Publication Date    1871
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [6], 164 pp., 164:104 mm., light age staining, nice margins. A very good copy bound in later wrappers.
   Biographical sketches of 55 Jewish authors by Samuel Joseph Fuenn (Funn, 1818–1890), Hebrew writer of the more traditional wing of the Russian Haskalah and an early member of Hovevei Zion. He received a Talmudic education, and in secualar sciences. In 1848 the government appointed him professor of Hebrew and Jewish history in the newly founded rabbinical school of Vilna. Fuenn filled this position with great distinction until 1856, when he resigned. The government then appointed him superintendent of the Jewish public schools in the district of Vilna, in which he introduced instruction in the secular sciences and modern languages. He edited and published Ha-Karmel (1860–81), in which appeared the first chapters of his autobiography, Dor ve-Doreshav. Because of his moderate views on the Haskalah, his traditional way of life, and his financial independence, Fuenn achieved a prominent role in the leadership of the Vilna Jewish community.

His most important works are Keneset Yisrael (1886–90), a biographical lexicon of notable Jews, and Ha-Ozar, an extensive Hebrew dictionary; only the first volume appeared in Fuenn’s lifetime, the remaining three volumes were completed from his notes by S. P. Rabbinowitz (1900–03). A prolific writer, Fuenn’s other works include Divrei ha-Yamim li-Venei Yisrael (Vilna, 1871–77), a history of the Second Temple, Nidhe Yisrael, a history of the Jews and Jewish literature from the destruction of the Temple to 1170, (Vilna, 1850) and Kiryah Ne’emanah (Vilna, 1860), a monograph on the Vilna community, and textbooks and translations of juvenile historical novels and short stories.

Paragraph 2    קבוצת מכתבי גדולי סופרי ישראל מימי הנשיא רב חסדאי בן שפרוט... עד ימי הדור הזה. מקובצים מספרים שונים... ומכתבי יד. מוגהים ומבוארים... על ידי שמואל יוסף פין...
   EJ; JE; Vin Koenigsberg 80;Waxman III var. cit.; Zinberg XI var. cit.; CD-EPI 0157902
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
History:    Checked
Other:    Haskalah
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica