Boston: The Talmud Society, 1903. Second edition completely revised and greatly expanded. Hardcover. 17 vol. in 9 volumes [Talmud Tractates]; 2 vol. in 1 volume [History of the Talmud].
4to. xxiv. 390pp. xvi. 251pp. xviii. 75 (20)pp. xi. 264pp. xx. 147pp. iv. 54pp. xiii. 78pp. x. 92pp. iv. 45pp. xiv. 93pp. vi. 90pp. iv. 62pp. xx. 144pp. (2). 33pp. xv. 277pp. viii. 316pp. xii. 395pp. xxii. 385pp. xv. 56pp. vi. 109pp. 26pp. ix. 169pp. iv. 29pp. ix. 160pp. v. 106pp. (63).
Green cloth with gold embossed illustration (star of David) to cover and gold lettering to spine. Top page edges gilt. Head and tail of spines slightly bumped. Very minor scuffing and rubbing to boards and spine. Continuous pagination from vol. 5 to vol. 6.
This great work of Jewish scholarship was the first attempt to translate the Talmud into English. The arrangement is not in the traditional order, but rather organized according to topic, thereby focusing on the educational value rather than on completeness. In English with some Hebrew insertions and text. Volume 4 contains a reprint of a letter by the great Orientalist and Talmud-scholar and -translator (into German), Lazarus Goldschmidt [after introduction to Taanith], whereby he endorses Rodkinson's translation, while he [Goldschmidt] admits not being completely fluent in English. Goldschmidt then continues to endorse Rodkinson's educational status. Beautifully illustrated with:
1) Frontispiece to vol. 8:
Reproduction of the Grand Prize Diploma for the first translation (into a modern language) of the Babylonian Talmud. Presented by the International Jury of Awards, August 18, 1900.
2) Photographic frontispiece to vol. 10, protected by tissue guard, depicting Rodkinson.
3) Reproduction of Talmudic epitome-page in Hebrew (vol. 10, after p. 48)
4) Reproduction of the title page of the last edition of the Talmud at Vilna - Tractate Brakhot [Blessings] in red and black lettering in Hebrew (ibid., p. 54)
5) Reproduction of the corrected text of the Babylonian Talmud from which the translation into English was made (ibid. , p. 100)
In English, with some Hebrew. In near fine condition. vg. Item #15143