Auction 72 Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Holy Land Maps & Fine Art
Mar 17, 2017 (Your local time)

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LOT 84:

Sepher HaPloiderzak, o Me'orath Tziph'onim [“Vipers' Den.”]

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Sepher HaPloiderzak, o Me'orath Tziph'onim [“Vipers' Den.”]

FIRST EDITION . Six cartoon plates. This copy
inscribed and signed by Deinard on front free endpaper. pp. (4), 100. Ex-library, few leaves browned or stained, one plate chipped at edges affecting a few words of heading. Contemporary boards. 12mo. Singerman 4060; Israel Davidson, Parody in Jewish Literature (1907) p. 215, no. 51; Goldman 407.

n.p., Baltunowka (i.e. Newark, NJ): 1890-92.

Deinard's criticisms are directed at the literary figures of his day: Eliezer Ben Yehudah (p. 37); Abraham Elijah Harkavy (p. 97); Michael Levi Rodkinson (pp. 16, 59, 73) et al. As ever, "R. Ephroimele" (as Deinard refers to himself) also lambasted various Chassidic groups: See his impressions of R. Moses of Sevran (pp. 5-6); R. Yochanan of Rachmistrivka (p. 10); and R. David of Tolna (p. 73.) The rabbinic leadership of Lithuanian Jewry is also targeted, including the Brisker Rebbetzin, wife of R. Joshua Leib Diskin of Jerusalem, who was notorious for her unrelenting attacks on free-thinkers (see pp. 59, 73, 90).