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[First Ed. - Medical] Reuben Joseph Wunderbar
Riga - Leipzig
W. F. Hacker
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First edition. , 119, ; , 64, ; , 68, ; , 56,  pp., 209:132 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
Reuben Joseph Wunderbar (1812–1868), Latvian-born educator and historian. Wunderbar wrote a book about the Jewish colonists in the Kherson region (1840) and was invited by Max Lilienthal to become a teacher at the Jewish school in Riga of which he was for a time the director. In 1848 he returned to his native Mitau (Jelgava) and became a teacher of religion and a government interpreter, and on several occasions he served as the community's government-appointed rabbi. He published many articles in German-Jewish periodicals and wrote a study on the Jewish calendar. Wunderbar's importance as a historian rests primarily on two of his books which have retained their value as a source of information and research. The first, Geschichte der Juden in den Provinzen Liv- und Kurland (1853), is a pioneer work on the history of the Jews in Courland, based on independent research in archives and the use of rare manuscripts and paintings. The second book, Biblischtalmudische Medicin (1850–60), is also a pioneer work in the field, despite several inaccuracies and some errors. Although Wunderbar had no formal training, he had a surprising understanding of medical matters.
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