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Zichronot le-Toldot B”G (Dovbaer Goldberg), Israel Issur Goldbloom, Cracow 1892

זכרונות לתולדות ב"ג - Only Edition - No copy NLI or other major collections

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  • Lot Number 54098
  • Title (English) Zichronot le-Toldot B”G (Dovbaer Goldberg)
  • Title (Hebrew) זכרונות לתולדות ב"ג
  • Note Only Edition - No copy NLI or other major collections
  • Author Israel Issur Goldbloom
  • City Cracow
  • Publisher Josef Fischer
  • Publication Date 1892
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2529161
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Physical Description

Only edition, quarto, 13 pp. 230:150 mm. light age staining, wide margins, not bound.

No copy NLI or other major collections.


Detail Description

Detailed eulogy for Dovbaer ben Alexander Goldberg by Israel Issur Goldbloom. The eulogy begins with his birth and family background, and continues providing a comprehensive biography of his background, achievements, and life. The test is accompanied by footnotes. This eulogy is not only informative as to Dovbaer Goldberg’s life but is insightful into an aspect of Jewish life in the period that he was active.

Dovbaer ben Alexander Goldberg (known by his acronym Bag; December 25, 1799–1884), Polish scholar. Goldberg was born in Chlodna, near Lomza, Poland, and was orphaned at an early age. He studied Torah in dire poverty, but earned a reputation as a prodigy. Having tried his hand at business and teaching, in 1830 Goldberg became a private tutor for the family of the wealthy and learned Gershon Litinski in one of the villages of Suwalki district. When after some time the entire Litinski family converted to Christianity, he was slandered as having influenced them. In 1843 he went to Berlin, where he was favorably received by the maskilim. However, lacking a formal education, he could not find employment there, and in 1847 went to England, where he managed with great difficulty to earn a living copying and publishing Hebrew manuscripts from the Oxford libraries. In 1853 he settled in Paris, earning his living there by copying and publishing Hebrew and Arabic manuscripts from the National Library. Altogether, Goldberg published 17 books and pamphlets and hundreds of articles in Hebrew periodicals, writing mainly under the name "Divrei Bag" ("Words of Bag") and "Gam Elleh Divrei Bag" ("These also are the words of Bag"). His writings exemplified all the virtues and weaknesses of one who is self-taught: diligence and an abundance of detail but written in ornate language and lacking organization. Goldberg's main contribution to scholarship was the editing of such medieval works as Ḥefes Matmonim (1845), a collection of medieval texts; Isaac Israeli's Yesod Olam (1848); Ibn Janaḥ's Sefer ha-Rikmah in Judah ibn Tibbon's translation (1857); Iggeret Sherira Ga'on (1873); Risalat R. Judah b. Koraish (1867); and Abraham b. Moses b. Maimon's Birkat Avraham (1860, repr. 1960).


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