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Bidding Information
Lot #    22326
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 12:00:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Naphtali Hartwig Wessely's literarischer Nachlass
Title (Hebrew)    עוללות נפתלי ביאור על ספר בראשית
Author    [First Ed. - Haskalah] Naphtali Herz Wessely
City    Hamburg
Publisher    Wessely'schen Erben
Publication Date    1842
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   First edition. [8], 128 ff., 208:120 mm., crisp wide margins, usual light age staining, plate, stamps. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed. Book was not completed at press.
          
Detailed
Description
   Commentary to Genesis by Naphtali Herz Wessely (Hartwig; 1725–1805), important member of the German Haskalah. Wessely's ancestors had fled Poland during the Chmielnicki pogroms and settled in Wesel on the Rhine from where the family took its name. Born in Hamburg, Wessely spent his childhood in Copenhagen where his father was a purveyor to the king of Denmark. He received his religious education at the yeshiva of R. Jonathan Eybeschuetz, who influenced him greatly, and read literature and scientific works in a number of European languages, Associated with the Feitel Bank, Wessely's business affairs took him to Amsterdam and Berlin. In Berlin he met Moses Mendelssohn and contributed a commentary on Leviticus (Berlin, 1782) to the Biur.
          
Paragraph 2    ביאור על ספר בראשית, חברו ... מהור"ר נפתלי הירץ וויזל נשמתו עדן. הובא לדפוס ע"י בן הרב המחבר ... שלמה וויזל ... (מחברת א).
          
Reference
Description
   Waxman III pp. 107-19; EJ; CD-EPI 0130643
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Germany:    Checked
  
Subject
Bible:    Checked
Other:    Haskalah
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica