Tel-Aviv/Berlin: Dvir, 1924-1925. First edition. Hardcover. Quartos. Vol.1: (xvi) 174pp. Vol.2: (xii) 156pp. Green cloth boards with blind-stamped lettering and motif on the front covers. Gilt lettering and motifs on the spines. Decorative endpapers. Signed and inscribed by acclaimed Hebrew poet Hayim Nachman Bialik and his longtime collaborator Yehoshua Hana Ravnitzki, to seminal Hebrew writer and philosopher Ahad Ha'am (Asher Zvi Hirsch Ginsberg, 1856 - 1927), on the half-title. Both Bialik and Ravnitzky served as the editors, arrangers and commentators of these volumes. The inscription states "The fruit of our joint labor, in joint suffering, a gift of love to Ahad Ha'Am", dated March 27th, 1924. Each of the title pages contain the ownership inscriptions of Ahad Ha'Am at the top.
This set collects the entirety of the poetic works of 11th century Spanish-Jewish poet and philosopher Solomon ibn Gabirol. The set is organized into two volumes, with the first (1924) containing his "secular poems", and the second (1925) containing his religious poems ("sacred poems"), including "Keter Malchut", considered his magnum opus. Commentary, organization and editing of the works throughout the volumes by Hayim Nachman Bialik and Y.H. Ravnitski. Each volume contains a table of Hebrew abbreviations (roshe tevot) used.
Text in Hebrew.
Bindings with some degree of bowing to the front boards. Light rubbing to extremities, with the second volume with light soling the front cover and some rippling and water stains throughout. Spine of vol.2 repaired along the hinge. Vol.1 with some tears, chipping and damp stains to the half-title, with some addition damp stains along the gutter of the introductory pages. Decorative endpapers of vol.1 reinforced with japan tissue. Age toning to pages throughout both volumes. Bindings in good- to good, interiors in good- to good+ condition overall. g to g+. Item #45523
Hebrew title: שירי שלמה בן יהודה אבן גבירול, תרפ"ד
*A later edition from 1927 was released in 5 volumes.