Gedera, Israel: M. Shalom Ltd., 1971. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto (9 3/4 x 6 3/4"). , 418pp; , 526pp; , 599, pp. Original blue cloth, with gold lettering to spines. B/w photographic frontispiece portrait of Jacob Mann in each volume.
This first edition of "The Collected Articles" sheds a valuable light on the writings of Jacob Mann (1888-1940), an accomplished and distinguished scholar of the Genizah period and of the Jews under the Fatimids, and particularly of the Genizah fragments.
Mann for the first time undertook to collect and explain all the documents from the period preceding the Crusades to the fall of the Fatimids. By establishing the dates of a great number of the largely undated Genizah documents, Mann provided the chronological framework for the history of the Jews in the Near East. He revealed the great role played by the Jerusalem gaonate in the period before the Crusades and shed new light on the various forces within the Jewish communities then living in the lands ruled by the Fatimids. Although Mann neglected the Arabic documents, abstained avowedly from drawing general conclusions, and was mainly interested in the communal history of the Jews, his work is of lasting value as a great collection of hitherto unknown sources, which he ably deciphered and annotated.
Minor shelf wear. Bindings in overall good+ to very good, interior in very good condition. g+ to vg. Item #41197