Auction 67 Judaica - Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art
Sep 18, 2019 (Your local time)
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Three Handwritten Booklets, in Decorated, Calligraphic Script - Poetry, in Hebrew and Yiddish - Lautenburg ...

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Three Handwritten Booklets, in Decorated, Calligraphic Script - Poetry, in Hebrew and Yiddish - Lautenburg, Inowrocław and Hamburg, 1838 - Dedication to R. Shlomo Hirschel Rabbi of London
Three handwritten booklets of poetry, by Moses Mathias Levin. Lautenburg (Lidzbark), Inowrocław and Hamburg, 1838.
Neat calligraphic writing, in cursive and square Ashkenazic script. Headings in ornamented square script, some in color. Several fine decorations and illustrations.
The booklets contain a collection of poems and compositions, some from Hebrew sources, and others translated from German poetry and literature (Schiller, Lessing, Kleist, and others).
Two of the booklets contain many compositions in both Hebrew and Yiddish, on facing pages; the third booklet is in Hebrew only. The writer's name in German, Moses Mathias Levin, appears on the title page of each of the three booklets. Levin wrote these books during the course of 1838, in several Prussian cities. On each title page, the writer mentions his birthplace - Warsaw (the word Warschau is enlarged on the title pages); two of them state that he is a rabbinical student and all three indicate the month, year and place of writing.
The three booklets are:
1. "Duda'im or Likutei Shirim". Lautenburg (present day: Lidzbark, Poland), April 1838.
2. "A Guide Book to Religion and Morals in Hebrew and German Devoted to the Israelite Youth". Inowrocław (present day: Poland), July 1838.
3. "Fragments of Poetry - Including Pleasing and Precious Poems and Epigrams… - Partly Translations, and Partly my Own Ideas". Hamburg, August 1838.
At the beginning of the first booklet, a dedication leaf in German to R. Shlomo Hirshel, rabbi of London. The second booklet is an adaptation of Herz Homburg's book - Imrei Shefer, Vienna 1808.
3 booklets. Booklet 1: [15] leaves. Booklet 2: [28] leaves. Booklet 3: [40] leaves (and several additional blank leaves). Condition varies: Good-fair. Stains and wear. Tears to several leaves. Worming in several places. Dedication leaf to R. Shlomo Hirschel detached, with tears and wear. Original bindings, detached and damaged. Booklet 1 missing back cover.

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