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RECENT JEW ISH BOOKS IN ENGL ISH
(Published Outside of the USA)
By
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HE following list covers the years 1950 and 1951 and the
earlier months of 1952. I t is limited to books in English of
Jewish interest published or, in a few instances, printed for private
circulation, in all countries except the United States of America.
A fair number of books which appeared in the United States
have also been published in different editions in England. These
have been omitted from this bibliography. About twenty-five
authors whose works are included are not members of the Jewish
community.
The ou tpu t of books during the period covered is marked by a
further diminution in propaganda literature, items in which class
have by now become exceptional. Although the volume of ou tpu t
is thereby diminished the quality has not suffered. The outstanding
literary event of the period is the completion of the publication of
the Soncino Series of Books of the Bible — excellently reproduced
in respect of text, type, binding and general appearance. Every
volume contains a complete translation into English together with
introduction and notes by competent English Jewish scholars.
The series — as does th a t of its predecessor, the Soncino Talmud,—
owes its existence to the persistence and devotion of its publisher,
the late Jacob Davidson, who, it is to be regretted, died very
suddenly and prematurely almost a t the very time th a t the last
volume was appearing. Other Anglo-Jewish bookmen — who had
their par t in the production of Anglo-Jewish literature — who
died during the period under review were Asher Feldman, Lazarus
Goldschmidt, Angelo Rappaport and A. S. Yahuda.
Three anniversaries were marked during the past two and a half
years by the publication of books — in two cases somewhat
belatedly in consequence of the difficulties created by the recent
war.
The Jewish Chronicle
, the leading Jewish periodical in any
language and the longest established, completed its century in
1941, bu t another eight years had to pass before the story of its
vicissitudes and struggles and the ultimate attainm en t of its pres-
ent pre-eminent position was published. The London Ashkenazi
community completed its quarter of a millenium in 1940, bu t
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