THE TENTS OF SHEM: BEING AN ACCOUNT OF THE TRIAL OF JACOB BEN ISAAC, OF THE CITY OF MADRID, IN THE YEAR 5250 A.M., WHO WAS ACCUSED OF THE MURDER OF A CHRISTIAN CHILD

London: N. P. Valentine, 1883. Item #25111

Hardcover, 8vo, 16, 112 pages. In Hebrew. 1st edition. Sefer ohole Shem. Kohen-Zedek (1827–1903) , was a “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. Kohen-Zedek edited a number of more or less short-lived Hebrew periodicals: Meged YeraIm, OAr khokhmah, Ha-Yehudi ha-NiI, and Or Torah. His weekly Ha-Mevasser, which included a literary supplement, Ha-Nesher, was the first Hebrew paper in Galicia; some of the best Hebrew writers and scholars contributed to it. He himself wrote in a lively and original meli? Ah style…. Of some scholarly importance are his Sefat Emet, a polemic against Michael Rodkinson; Ohole Shem: Tents of Shem, Being an Account of the Trial of Jacob and Isaac of the City of Madrid in the Year 5202, on blood libels; Divrei ha-Yamim le-Malkhei Arefat, an edition of Joseph ha-Kohen 's chronicle with Kohen-Zedek’s introduction; and Even Bohan, an annotated edition of Kalonymus b. Kalonymus’ satirical work. …He has been called "the last publicist of the Galician Haskalah"”(Kressel in EJ, 2007) . OCLC lists three copies worldwide (Columbia, Hebrew U, Staatsbibliothek Zu Berlin) . ATtractive gold embossed border on cover. Wear to backstrip. Hinges repaired. Bookplate on inside front cover. Other wise good condition. (Rab-46-20B).

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