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Lot #    9399
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 1:47:13 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Bikkurei ha-Ittim, 8 vols.
Title (Hebrew)    בכורי העתים
Author    [Haskalah - Periodical] Shalom Cohen, Editor
City    Vienna
Publisher    Anton Schmid
Publication Date    1820-45
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   8 of 12 volumes, usual light age staining, stamp on title, old hands on fly. Very good copies bound in contemporary boards, rubbed on edges.
Paragraph 1    Issues included: 5581(1820); 5584 (1823); 5588 (1827); 5589 (1828); 5590 (1829); 5591(1830); 5592 (1831); 5606 (1845).
   Bikkurei ha-Ittim (First Fruits of the Times), Hebrew literary-scientific annuals, published in Vienna for 12 successive years (1821–32), and a central forum for Haskalah literature. The editor of the first three volumes, Shalom b. Jacob Cohen, sought to continue in this publication the tradition of Ha-Me'assef, the journal which initiated Hebrew periodical publications in the Haskalah period. (He had previously published and edited the last three volumes of Ha-Me'assef he-Hadash.) The first volumes also contained a German section (transcribed into Hebrew letters), which was later discontinued. The editors following Cohen were: Moses Landau (vols. 4–5), Solomon Pergamenter (vol. 6). All the various literary genres were represented in these volumes - e.g., fiction, research, as well as translations of world literature (but mainly from German) - and were contributed by writers from Italy, Bohemia, Austria, Galicia, and Hungary. Reprints of a selection of works from Ha-Me'assef were also included. Other contributors included S. D. Luzzatto and Isaac Erter.
   EJ; BE 902; Not in CD-EPI
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Austria
Other:    Haskalah
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica