Sechok haSchach, R. Joseph Juda Leib Sossnitz, Vilna 1880 (47543)

שחוק השאך - First Edition

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Lot Number: 47543
Title (English): Sechok haSchach
Title (Hebrew): שחוק השאך
Note: First Edition
Author: R. Joseph Juda Leib Sossnitz
City: Vilna
Publisher: L. L. Mats
Publication Date: 1880
Estimated Price: $500.00 USD - $1,000.00 USD
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Physical Description

First edition. viii, 102  [2, foldout] pp., octavo, 169:111 mm., wide margins, light age damp staining, old stamps. A good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.

With the rare foldout, which was issued to be cut out and used by students who could not afford to buy a chess set.

 

Detail Description

Work on chess and master games by R. Joseph Judah Löb b. JKehiel Mechel Sossnitz (1837-1910) was a Russian-American Talmudic scholar, mathematician, and scientific author. Born at Birzhi, government of Kovno, he was only ten years old when he prepared a calendar for the year 5608 (=1847-48). At the age of nineteen he went to Riga as a teacher of Hebrew, and there made the acquaintance of Professor Novik, who gave him access to the library of the polytechnical school, where he studied German and perfected himself in secular sciences, on which he published articles in Jewish periodicals. In 1875 he was invited to Berlin by H. S. Slonimski to act as coeditor of "Ha-Ẓefirah," but as he refused to write against Lichtenfeld, Slonimski's antagonist, he was dismissed. In 1888 he settled at Warsaw as editor of the scientific and cabalistic departments of "Ha-Eshkol." He went to New York in 1891, and two years later he founded, in 104th street, a Talmud Torah, of which he was principal until 1897. Since 1899 he has been lecturer on Jewish ethics in the Educational Alliance. R. Sossnitz has written on different treatises of the Talmud, and on astronomy, geometry, physics, etc. His published works, in addition to  Aken Yesh ha-Shem are as follows are Ha-Shemesh (Warsaw, 1878), an essay upon a scientific demonstration of the sun's substance, based on modern investigation and accompanied by astronomical tables; Seḥoḳ ha-Shak (Vilna, 1880), a manual of chess, based upon A. von Breda's method; Der Ewige Kalender (Riga, 1884); "Iddan 'Olamim (Warsaw, 1888), a perpetual calendar for Jews, Christians, and Mohammedans, with tables for comparison; Ha-Ma'or (ib. 1889), an essay on Jewish religious philosophy, containing, besides, notes on Biblical and Talmudical exegesis.

 

Hebrew Description

יבואר בו דרכי הליכותיו ... ומשלים מפארטיען שלמים אשר חבלום ושחקום גדולים ... כל אלה נעתקו ע"פ החכם אלפאנס פאן ברעדא ולוקטו מספרים ... וממ"ע [וממכתבי-עת] שונים ... ע"י יוסף יהודה ליב זאסניץ ...

מקום הדפוס ושמו של המדפיס באותיות קיריליות.

 

References

Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000132110; JE