I had seen a footnote in Socinco on Pesachim (Or, for a real reference see note on בדיתא לבאי in M.K. 11a), I do not currently remember which page but it referenced a city that was mentioned in the Gemara which the particular manDeamar had as part of his name because he was from there i.e. somewhere in bavel. The footnote said to reference page x in a book called ‘Obermeyer’ I didn’t know what that was so I tried to look it up. I found a guy by the name of Jacob Obermeyer whose life mission was partially to go to these obscure places and recreate Talmudic maps. The book had the name “Die Landschaft Babylonien im Zeitalter des Talmuds und des Gaonats: : Geographie und Geschichte nach talmudischen, arabischen und andern Quellen,, von Jacob Obermeyer; mit zwei Landkarten”

However, I could not seem to find any remanance of this book anywhere. Not for sale, nor pdf or hebrewbooks etc. And so does anybody know the whereabouts of such a book?

  • Apparently the book is called "Jacob Obermeyer's Map of Babylonian Jewish Settlements" in English. – ezra Feb 15 '18 at 5:12
  • Just a question- Have you looked on HebrewBooks? Sometimes they have stuff like this and it doesn't come up on Google. – ezra Feb 15 '18 at 5:17
  • I don’t really know how I’d enter it. Suggestions? – Dr. Shmuel Feb 15 '18 at 5:24
  • Try אויבערמייער? I don't really know myself – ezra Feb 15 '18 at 5:24
  • I sent a question to the people at Hebrewbooks – Dr. Shmuel Feb 15 '18 at 5:48

A list of 74 libraries with the book can be found here.

Google Books has the book in snippet view. They also have a contact form with an option to request that the book be digitized, which should be no problem since the book seems to be in the public domain.

  • (I contacted them, they couldn’t release the book in the end) – Dr. Shmuel Apr 17 '18 at 1:58

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