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Lot #    29005
Auction End Date    1/25/2011 10:40:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Divrei Yemei ha-Amim
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Unrecorded] Fr Zalisza, Pauls, Skutelskis
City    Riga
Publisher    Logos
Publication Date    1938
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 193, [1] pp.quarto 255:165 mm., wide margins, usual age and light damp staining. A good copy bound in the original paperboard wrappers, tears.
   Illustrated world history for Jewish children in Hebrew prepared (translated) by Fr. Zalisza, Z. Pauls, and S. Skutelskis. A note at the bottom of the title page informs that Divrei Yemei ha-Amim was approved by the [Latvian] ministry of education. Divrei Yemei ha-Amim begins with a short piece on ancient Egypt, describing its location and climate, government, and religion, its views on the afterlife, and its alphabet (hieroglyphics). This part of the text is accompanied by photographs of a mummy, the sphinx and a pyramid, and an example of hieroglyphics. Next is Babylonia, with Darius spelled in cuneiform, ancient Greece, their religion and customs, stories about their gods, the Trojan War, and Sparta. Among the numerous illustrations are several that are full page, that of the Parthenon and of the catacombs where Christians buried their dead. Almost all of the numerous illustrations are portraits of individuals discussed in the book, although there are also pictures of medieval soldiers in armor and a knight with his steed. Divrei Yemei ha-Amim covers history into the early twentieth century, with a chapter on the founding of an independent Latvia and its war for freedom. At the end is a section on Jewish history with a full page map of Erez Israel at the time of the second Temple, and covering Jewish history in the Hellenistic period, war with the Romans, R. Judah ha-Levi (4816 -1086) and portraits of the Rambam, R. Schneur Zalman of Liady, and the Vilna Gaon, and concluding with the spiritual condition of the Jewish people in the later times (to 1937).
   Not in CD-EPI or BE
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Latvia
Childrens Literature:    Checked
History:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica