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Ohr Zera, R. Joseph Kohn-Zedek, Lvov 1854

אור זרע - Only Edition - Kaiser Frantz Josef

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  • Lot Number 52929
  • Title (English) Ohr Zera
  • Title (Hebrew) אור זרע
  • Note Only Edition - Kaiser Frantz Josef
  • Author R. Joseph Kohn-Zedek
  • City Lvov
  • Publisher G. Miniarz
  • Publication Date 1854
  • Estimated Price - Low 300
  • Estimated Price - High 600

  • Item # 2273512
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Physical Description:

Only edition. 28, [8] pp., 214:142 mm., light age and damp staining, wide margins, stamp. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.


Detailed Description:   

Poem in honor of Kaiser Frantz Josef's coronation by R. Joseph Kohn-Zedek (1827–1903), Hebrew poet, writer, and publicist. Kohen-Zedek, who was born in Lvov, studied rabbinics with Solomon Kluger in Brody and S. J. Nathanson in Lvov. He first engaged - unsuccessfully - in business and then turned to literature and journalism. He published a number of collections of his patriotic poetry in honor of the Austro-Hungarian emperor - from whom he received a gold medal for art and science in 1851 - and an anthology of contemporary poetry dedicated to Moses Montefiore, Neveh Kehillah (1864). Kohen-Zedek edited a number of more or less short-lived Hebrew periodicals: Meged Yerahim (4 issues, 1855–59), Ozar Hokhmah (3 issues, 1859–65), Ha-Yehudi ha-Nizhi (4 issues, 1866), and Or Torah (4 issues, 1874). His weekly Ha-Mevasser, which included a literary supplement, Ha-Nesher, was the first Hebrew paper in Galicia (1861–66); some of the best Hebrew writers and scholars contributed to it. He himself wrote in a lively and original melizah style. Following a dispute with one of his associates which led to a denunciation, Kohen-Zedek had to leave Austria in 1868. He went first to Frankfort on the Main, and in 1875 to London, where he served as preacher to immigrant congregations. In London he wrote a number of mainly homiletic works, including Elef Alfin, a thousand-word eulogy on Chief Rabbi Nathan Adler, each word beginning with alef. Of some scholarly importance are his Sefat Emet (1879), a polemic against Michael Rodkinson; Divrei ha-Yamim le-Malkhei Zarefat (1859), an edition of Joseph ha-Kohen's chronicle with Kohen-Zedek's introduction; and Even Bohan (1865), an annotated edition of Kalonymus b. Kalonymus' satirical work. His Biographical Sketches of Eminent Jewish Families (1897) is in English. Kohen-Zedek maintained a lively correspondence with the leading rabbis and scholars of his time. He has been called "the last publicist of the Galician Haskalah."


Hebrew Description:


שיר... אשר הושר ביום עלה... עלי ארצות מולדתנו (לבוב)... הנסיך... ערצהערצאג קארל לאדוויג... אחי מלכנו... פראנץ יאזעף הראשון... משירי... יוסף כהן צדק מלבוב... עם הקדמה והערות בגרמנית.




BE 1108; Vinograd 1175; Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000140915