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In a list of Karaite MSS. and printed books in my possession recently
published \ descriptions are given of certain elementary grammatical
textbooks printed at Constantinople. I have recently acquired a
volume in which three of these (N, G, and M) are bound up, together
with two other works of a similar character, and which supplements
our information about the Karaites and their Press at Constantinople.
All five books, though separately paginated, are similar in size and
type, and, as appears in a " nmpn " (!), which concludes the series
with a list of subscribers, of great value for" the history of that
interesting sect, were printed together in 1826 at Ortakeui, on the
Golden Horn, by DU13 I^JIN 3N1J? and Sons. The following are
the different components of the series : —
(1) Benjamin Musafia's 31 13T, as printed at Amsterdam by Manasse
ben Israel in 1635, but with Tartar translation of the Bible texts. — A
sort of concordance for hapax legomena. 8vo. 96 pages.
(2) »13J?n \«th "WW nnaO. This is the Dictionary described in the
list sub voce " N " 2 . 8vo. 342 pages,
(3) Wpn fins? "piffll 'HBD. This consists of a title-page and four
pages of preface, by Joseph Solomon ben Moses, to the following (5)
and to (1). The pages are not numbered, but inserted in the pro-
voking Karaite fashion followed in their prayer-books.
(4) \VTW 13*tD, loc. cit. G.
(5) nann nna, loc. cit. M. This concludes with another preface,
by Rabbi (!) Isaac ha-Cohen, the corrector of the press, and a list of
subscribers, showing that 200 copies were subscribed by Karaites
of Eupatoria, 122 by Karaites of Constantinople, 89 by those of Kale,
85 by those of Odessa, 25 at Kaffa, 22 at Or, and 11 at Lutzk.
E. N. Abler.
1 J.Q.B., XII, 127.
a The date and place of printing there given has accordingly to be