Hashomea Yitzchak. An Anthology of Wit, Anecdotes and Curiosities.

AUCTION 1 | Thursday, November 14th, 1996 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art

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Lot 11

Hashomea Yitzchak. An Anthology of Wit, Anecdotes and Curiosities.

ONE OF TEN COPIES PRINTED IN RED THROUGHOUT (of an issue of 110). This copy inscribed on the title page “To my dear children Mr. Louis L. and Mrs. Alice M. Libowitz, With Fatherly Love. Author.” In three parts, each with separate title. Author’s book-plate tipped to opening paste-down, original roan, extremeties rubbed, lg. 8vo Friedberg, Shin 1827; Unknown to Deinard, Koheleth America

New York: by the Author 1907

Est: $2,000 - $3,000
A “gentleman-scholar” whose youthful success in the diamond business afforded him the opportunity to devote himself to writing (particularly polemics), and other intellectual pursuits. Born in Poland in 1862, Libowitz emigrated to the United States in 1881, after a short spell in Palestine in 1927, he returned to America, where he died in 1939. “Apart from its contents, which are not only entertaining but valuable to the student, it is gratifying to say that, typographically, this work reaches the high-water mark of excellence. Indeed it is a triumph of Hebrew book-making in America, and the author deserves great credit for the care and artistic taste he displays in this direction.” Young Israel (24th January 1908) p.285 - review tipped onto opening free-endpaper.