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Bikkurei ha-Ittim, 8 vols.
[Haskalah - Periodical] Shalom Cohen, Editor
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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.
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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