BEN-AVUYAH: SHIR ? AL MESHUVAT HAYE ELISHA? BEN AVUYAH

Wien [Vin, Vienna]: J. Scholssberg’s Buchhandlung, 1865. Item #40455

1st Hebrew edition. Original boards. 8vo. 232 pages, 19 cm. In Hebrew with additional German dedication page and occational word in German. 1st Hebrew edition of Goethe’s Faust. Title translates to “Ben Avuyah: A Poem about the Merits of Life. ” Meir Letteris (1800-1871) was an Austrian Jewish scholar and the foremost poet of the Galician Haskala. He published a working translation of Goethe’s Faust using the character of Elisha ben Abuyah instead. Ben Abuyah was a controversial rabbi and religious authority from the period immediately following the destruction of the Second Temple. His views were considered heretical by the other Tannaim, leading to Talmud references to him falling under the name "The Other One. ” (Wikipedia, 2018) . Second title page notes (in German) : “Goethe's Faust: eine tragoedie in eniner hebraeischen Umdichtung von Max Letteris. ” SUBJECTS: Hebrew drama -- Translations from German. OCLC lists 19 copies worldwide (OCLC: 41217024) . Ex-library with usual markings. Wear to boards. Very light soiling to tile page. Overall good+ condition. (RAB-65-17-LRX).

Price: $150.00

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