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Lot #    22156
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 10:35:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ha-Safah ve-ha-Hayyim
Title (Hebrew)    השפה והחיים
Author    Elijah ben Nehemiah ha-Levi Levin
City    Odessa
Publisher    Lichtman, Brilov
Publication Date    1907
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 116 pp. octavo 185:117 mm., nice margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   Only edition of this charming illustrated book teaching reading and writing by Elijah ben Nehemiah ha-Levi Levin. In a word to the reader the author states that his primary purpose is to present to the Hebrew child appropriate introdcutory reading material, both in content and form. It includes tales and poems to help the child develop according to his abilities. The true teacher or expert can determine how well the author has achieved his objective in providing suitable matter for his purpose. He has made material concise and simple, but someone who looks for easy content that can be found in the market will be disappointed. Rather, for all its accessibility, the contents are in pure Hebrew, a language not spoken at the time. Next is a table of contents enumerating one hundred thirteen entries comprising the book. The text, accompanied by explanations of difficult terms, is mqade up of stories, verse, riddles, and parables. Also covered are Jewish holy days and festivals, biblical stories. At the end are questions. The illustrations, a few full page, are attractive sketches.
Paragraph 2    ספר ראשון, עם ציורים. ספר למוד לקריאה ולכתיבה לחדרים, לבתי ספר ולבית. ערוך ע"י אליהו הלוי לוין >אהל"ל<...

חמר הספר לקוח מבחירי הסופרים... יהודה שטינברג, ש[מואל] ל[יב] גרדון, יעקב פוכמאן [!] ועוד, וספוריהם... נכתבו מעיקרם בשביל 'השפה והחיים'".

   BE shin 2233; CD-EPI 0142933
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Children’s Literature:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica