AUCTION 35 | Tuesday, November 21st, 2006 at 1:00
Books, Manuscripts, Graphic & Ceremonial Art

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Lot 218


Citron, Shmuel Leib. Im ein ani li, mi li?! O tochen divrei ha-machbereth “Autoemancipation.” [“If I am not for myself, then who shall be for me?!”]. pp.39, (1). * With: David ben Aaron Hakohen, Ir David [“City of David”: enumeration of 613 commandments] (Jerusalem: Y.D. Frumkin, 1887). pp.96. Missing title. [Halevy 595] Ex-library, stamps on title. Contemporary marbled boards. 12mo Friedberg A-1917

Vilna: Widow and Brothers Romm 1883

Est: $800 - $1,200
The author, an inhabitant of Minsk, discusses at great length the anonymous work “Autoemancipation,” recently published in Berlin (1882), by Leon Pinsker. Part II consists of an open letter to the editor of “Ha-Tzofeh le-Beit Yisrael,” who ridiculed “Autoemancipation,” in which Citron rises to Pinsker’s defense. See EJ, Vol. XIII, cols. 546-7. Ir David (p.21) bemoans the plight of the Jews of Russia for whom the imperial city of St. Petersburg and the “holy city” of Kiev are off-limits, and who are not accepted by Prussia - should they choose to immigrate there.