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Jt) Chorny, Joseph Judah

Published by St. Petersburg: Ha-H?evrah Le-Harbot Haskalah Etsel Yehude Rusya,, 1884
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1st edition. Hardcover, 1 leaf, 350 pages, 8vo, 21 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT (S) : Jews -- Georgia (Republic) . Edited by Abraham Elijah Harkavy. Chorny (1835-1880) was "a traveler and ethnographer, born in Minsk. While a young man, Chorny settled in the Caucasus, where he became interested in the religious life and customs of the Mountain Jews and of the communities of Georgia, Bukhara, and Persia. He subsequently published articles in the Jewish and Russian press in Russia and in Western Europe describing their mode of life, their difficult economic and social situation, and low cultural level. Chorny approached S. D. Luzzatto, Adolphe Cremieux , and other leading Jews about the problem. In 1864, with the help of the Society for the Promotion of Culture among the Jews in Russia, Chorny obtained letters of recommendation from the governor of the Caucasus, Grand Prince Michael, to the local authorities and traveled throughout the Caucasian Mountains and Georgia for over ten years. At the end of 1879 he went to Odessa. The Society published part of his findings posthumously as Sefer ha-Massa'ot ("Book of Travels") . It is important for its ethnographical description of the Mountain Jews and Georgian communities in the 19th century. Many of Chorny's writings survive in manuscript form" (Slutsky in EJ, 2007) . OCLC lists 8 copies worldwide. Slight browning to edges of pages. Few stained pages. Bumped corners. Wear to cover binding. Otherwise, very good condition. Important book on the Jews of Georgia, here in 1st edition. (Rab-34A-23) Mx3, ee1, comhist3, heb2. Bookseller Inventory # 24560

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Publisher: St. Petersburg: Ha-H?evrah Le-Harbot Haskalah Etsel Yehude Rusya,

Publication Date: 1884

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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