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of Jewish scholarship from Germany to Palestine-Israel. In Europe
also several short-lived Hebrew bibliographic journals made their
appearance. In Cracow two such publications had appeared shortly
after the turn of the century:
Kiryat Sefer,
six issues of which
appeared in 1903-1904, and
Yerushalayim,
two issues of which
appeared in 1900-1901 and 1908. Two rather more substantial
journals appeared a number of years later:
‘En ha-Kore,
published
in Berlin in 1923, and
‘Alim,
published in Vienna from 1934 to
1937. In
‘En ha-Kore,
edited by D. A. Friedmann, the emphasis
was on bibliographic and literary articles; e.g., bibliographies of
works by and about H. N. Bialik, D. Frishman, S. Hurwitz and
R. Brainin, although an attempt was made also to list current
Hebrew books in all fields.'
Alim
is an example of a journal issued
by a very knowledgeable bookseller, D. Frankel, which served a
commercial as well as a scholarly purpose. While
HB
and Z
fHB
had both been published by commercial publishers and booksellers
—the former by A. Asher and, later, J. Benzian, and the latter by
S. Calvary—the commercial element was not so prominent. In
,Alim,
Frankel included lists of antiquarian books he had for sale
as well as current publications available from him. In addition,
he would from time to time insert in bibliographies references
to items in his stock; for example, when the appearance of Yaari’s
bibliography of Ladino books is noted in a list of current publica-
tions, Frankel mentions in a footnote that he has for sale some
thirteen items not listed by Yaari—a fine combination of business
and scholarship. Nevertheless,
‘Alim
featured studies by a number
of well-known scholars, including S. Assaf, S. Bernstein (who pub-
lished therein his edition of the divan of Solomon Dapierra) ,
A. Freimann, M. Higger, B. Klar, S. Krauss, J. Mann, A. Marmor-
stein, and A. Z. Schwarz. In addition, many articles were con-
tributed by Frankel himself.
It was during this period that there appeared in Berlin a biblio-
graphic journal that has a unique place in the annals of Jewish
bibliography: the
Soncino-Blatter (SB)
. Published in Berlin from
1925 to 1930,
SB
remains to this day the only Jewish bibliographic
journal published by a group of bibliophiles—in this case the well-
known Soncino-Gesellschaft der Freunde des jiidischen Buches
(Soncino Society of the Friends of the Jewish Book). While two
of its three volumes included bibliographies of Judaica published
from 1920 to 1927,
SB
belonged to that type of journal in which
the presentation of scholarly bibliographic studies was of para-
mount importance. Contributors to
SB
included M. Balaban and
L. Lewin, who wrote articles on the history of Hebrew printing
in Poland; A. Freimann and A. Z. Schwarz, on the Soncino printers;
A. Marx, E. S. Artom and A. Spanier, who wrote on Hebrew
incunables; as well as A. Zweig, M. Buber, I. Elbogen and S. Krauss.
Issues two through four of volume three were published in one