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108 The Jewish Quarterly Review.
A Recent Case of Plagiarism. — Under the title of )1*X ♦DTI
appeared in Colomen (in Galicia), 1886, a small brochure, containing two
letters, the one by It. Obadiah, of Bartenoro, and the other by an anony-
mous author, both narrating their adventures on their voyage to the
Holy Land. These letters are stated in the title page to be " a valuable
treasure, that is now published for the first time from a MS. in the
possession of R. Zebi Ezekiel Michaelsohn." But only the first half of
this statement is true, these letters being indeed a very interesting piece
of the literature of travel. But it is not true that they were now pub-
lished for the first time, for they were long ago edited in the " Jahrbucher
fur die Geschichte der Juden " for the year 1863 (pp. 195-284), with a
German translation and notes. From the omissions and emendations in
the p»V 'ail, it will easily be seen that R. Michaelsohn was only in the
possession of this "Jahrbuch," and thence derived the text that he
published. This literary piracy occurs in Poland very often, especially
when the real author or editor lives in another country. It is necessary
to enter a protest against so dishonest a practice.