Sepher Megaleh Temirin [satirical letters]

AUCTION 4 | Tuesday, March 03rd, 1998 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art The Property of Various Owners

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Lot 203
PERL, JOSEPH (Ovadiah ben Petachiah)

Sepher Megaleh Temirin [satirical letters]

FIRST EDITION ff.(2),55. Paper repairs to opening three leaves, stained. Contemporary sheep-backed marbled boards, rubbed. 4to

Vienna: Anton Strauss 1819

Est: $500 - $700
Perl was a leading figure in the genisis of the Galacian Haskalah Movement. He vigorously opposed Chassidism, both on the political front by incessant denunciatory notes to government officials, and in the literary sphere by means of parody. Perl’s principal work, this ficticious body of 151 letters, presents a myriad of sinister plots, demeaning Chassidic philosophy and practices by ‘revealing’ their strategems and machinations for power, influence and material gain