Berlin: Published by the author, 1832. First edition. Hardcover. Small quarto. xlviii. 132pp. Blue paper covered boards. Hebrew and German title page. Printed on very high quality cotton rag paper. Introduction to the Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmud by renowned German Talmudist Ephraim Moses Pinner (see below), written right before Pinner's Talmud- translation into German. This is the first -and only ever published- volume of a planned series on the Talmud. It covers the origins, the language and authenticity of the Talmud, as well as a biography of Shimon Bar-Yohai, famous rabbi who lived in the era of the Tannaim (scholars of the Mishnah) in the area of what is today Israel during the Roman period, after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE. Bar-Yohai was one of the most eminent disciples of Rabbi Akiva, and is attributed by many with the authorship of the Zohar ("The Brightness"), the chief work of modern-day Jewish mysticism ("Kabbalah"). In addition, the important legal homilies called Sifre and Mekhilta are attributed to him. Serious age wear to binding, with water stains and parts missing at spine and edges. Minor browning throughout. Overall very clean and tight. In German [Gothic script] and Hebrew. Binding in poor, book in very good condition. poor to vg. Item #18623
Title-page information: "Mit deutscher Uebersetzung und den Commentaren Raschi und Tosephoth nebst den verschiendenen Verbesserungen aller früheren Ausgaben. Hinzugefügt sind: Neue Lesarten und Parallelstellen in allen Theilen diesäes Tractates und der Commentare, Vokalisation der Mischnah, Interpunktion der Mischnah, Interpunktion der Mischnah und Gemara, Raschi und Tosephoth, Etymologie und Uebertragung der fremden Wörter, Erklärungen des Meharschal und Meharscha, R. Ascher mit Erläuterung der Halachah und den abweichenden Lesarten, R. Moscheh's, Sohnes R. Maimon's, Commentar zur Mischnah mit Berichtigungen, Einleitung in den Talmud, enthaltend Grundprincipien der Methodologie und Exegetik des Talmud. Von Dr. E. M. Pinner, Membre de la Société Asiatique de Paris &c. &c. &c. Erster band. Berlin 1842. Eigenthum des Verfassers. (Preis 8 Rthlr. Veliupapier 10 Rthir.)" Ephraim Moses Pinner was a 19th century German Talmudist and archeologist. His first work, published in 1831, the "Kizzur Talmud Yerushalmi V'Talmud Babli" was a translation of sections of both the Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmuds. This was the beginning of his larger project to produce a translation of the entire Talmud. Pinner's work took him to libraries across Eastern Europe. He even secured the aid of the anti-Jewish Czar Nicholas I and dedicated the translation to him. Only the first of the proposed 28 volumes was ever published. Besides for securing sponsorships from royalty across European, Pinner gained letters of approbation from several rabbis, none of whom lived in Russia. This was down apparently through some trickery on Pinner's part.