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Lot #    6048
Auction End Date    11/18/2003 11:58:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Likitat Yosef
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Only ed.] Joseph Yuzpa Hirschfeld
City    Lissa [Leszno]
Publisher    The partners from Dyhernfurth
Publication Date    1824
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [6], 61, [1] pp., quarto, 195:150 mm., light age staining, stamps on fly. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Hebrew-Yiddish Dictionary for instructing children in Hebrew by Joseph Yuzpa b. Zevi Hirsch Hirschfeld (d. 1848). The text of the cover is in German and has a device of a stag by a tree. The title page is in Hebrew and states that it is an index for finding ones desire (object). One language and few words. The introduction begins, The wise mans eyes are in his head (Ecclesiastes 2:14), an understanding scale in his hand, and the roots of understanding branch out in his eyes. He will see that My heart overflows with a goodly theme (Psalms 45:2): to teach the young of the children of Israel a clear language (Zephaniah 3:9). There is a brief statement from the printer and, in German, a list of the subscribers, organized by city. The title page is dated Cursed be he who removes his neighbors landmark (584=1824) (Deuteronomy 27:17) for fifteen years.

The text is in two columns. Within each column words are given in Hebrew in square vocalized letters with their explanation in Yiddish set in a mixture of Vaybertaytsh and rabbinic letters. Words are organized by letters of the alphabet and vowels, for example, ayin patach, ayin segol. All in all, an early attractive volume designed for pedagogical purposes.

Few Hebrew books were printed in Lissa, adding to the rarity of this volume. Lissa [Leszno] is a city of Moravians in Poland, was under Prussian rule from 1793-1920.

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   Vinograd, Lissa 2; CD-EPI 0127115; W. Zeitlin Bibliotheca Hebraica, Leipzig 1891-95, p. 143-144
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Prussia
Childrens Literature:    Checked
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, Yiddish
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica