Warsaw: Ahi'asaf, 1912. 4to. 584pp. 526pp. 552pp. 597pp. 122pp. Original half-leather over black cloth. Dictionary of terms found in rabbinic literature with quotes from source material. Hebrew and Aramaic words are translated into Russian and Yiddish. The first volume was published in 1884. Samuel Joseph Fuenn was a moderate Russian maskil, who worked for the Czarist government as a professor at the rabbinical school of Vilna and later as the superintendent of Jewish public schools. Fuenn did this as a means of advancing his own Enlightenment agenda of reforming Jewish education. Fuenn's dictionary was the first to cover the Bible, Talmud as well as medieval poetry and philosophy. He was heavily influenced by the grammatical work of ibn Janah and R. David Kimhi. In addition to his lexicographical work, Fuenn authored the first Hebrew literary journal, "ha-Karmel," and an encyclopedia of rabbinic personalities, "Keneset Yisroel." Saul Phinehas Rabbinowitz was a student of R. Israel Salanter and active in the early Zionist Hibat Zion movement. He finished Fuenn's dictionary after his death. Text in Hebrew, Yiddish and Russian. Wear to covers. Rear board attached but present. Creasing to rear leaves. Overall in fair condition. fair. Item #36758
Not mentioned in Brisman's "History and Guide to Judaic Encyclopedias and Lexicons."