Paris: E. Champion, 1925. Hardcover. Item #26997
Original Publisher's Cloth. Large 8vo. cxxxviii, 247 pages, 26 cm. In French. SUBJECT (S): Romance languages -- Foreign words and phrases. Latin language -- Foreign words and phrases. Jews -- History. Hebrew language -- Influence on Latin. Hebrew language -- Semantics. Linguistica Bible. Latin -- Versions -- Old Latin. At head of title: D. S. Blondheim. Reprinted in part from various periodicals. Bibliographical foot-notes. Blondheim (1884-1934) was a “U. S. Romance scholar. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Blondheim studied at Johns Hopkins University where he became professor of Romance philology in 1924. During his studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris he began to work on the notes left by A. Darmesteter on the Old French glosses, over 1, 000 in number, in Rashi’s talmudic commentaries. Blondheim, after collating these with early manuscripts, restored their original form, established their exact meaning and published them as the first volume of his Les glosses francaises dans les commentaires talmudiques de Raschi. He then proceeded to study each term in all its ramifications, but on his untimely death left only 125 completed studies. They were published posthumously as the second volume of his Glosses, with his biography and a very extensive bibliography. The vast amount of historical and philological documentation gathered by Blondheim offers an invaluable source of information. Blondheim’s minor writings included many other contributions to the medieval Judeo-Romance dialects, e. G. , medieval Judeo-French hymns. His indefatigable scientific endeavors did not hinder him from taking an active part in Jewish affairs, both philanthropic and Zionist. Blondheim prepared the first English translation of L. Pinsker’s Auto-Emancipation. His life ended on a tragic note. His manuscripts and papers are now in the National and University Library, Jerusalem” (Banitt in EJ, 2007) . Previous owner's name on FEP. Slight coloring to edges of pages. Light wear to cover corners. Small chip to stop of title page, but no loss of text. Very good condition. (Sef-13-11).