Yosippon [historical narrative of the Second Temple period]

AUCTION 3 | Tuesday, November 25th, 1997 at 1:00
Fine Hebrew Printed Books Duplicates from the Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America

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Lot 131
JOSEPH BEN GORION (Commonly and erroneously attributed to).

Yosippon [historical narrative of the Second Temple period]

Yiddish text printed in Wayber-taytsch type. Woodcut illustrations throughout. The Solomon Grayzel copy ff. (1), 244, (1), 151. Lightly discolored. 19th-century calf-backed marbled boards, broken. Thick 8vo Vinograd, Amsterdam 2002; M.H. Gans, Memorbook (1977) p. 185 no. 5 (illustrated)

Amsterdam: Koschmann b. Joseph Baruch 1771

Est: $300 - $500
Two-part edition, sub-titled Kether Kehunah and Kether Malchuth - also known as She’erith Yisrael. The second part written by Menachem Mann Amelander continues the historical chronicle from the fall of Massada to the writer’s own era of 18th century Holland. Amelander garnered material from both Jewish and Gentile historical sources, resulting in a work unusually rich in information regarding the history of Jews in Germany, Poland and especially Holland. The She’erith Yehudah is “the most important work of all of Old-Yiddish historiographical literature.” Zinberg, p. 233