Essays on the Making of the Early Hebrew Book

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A varied collection of articles on early Hebrew printing, encompassing motifs on title pages such as lions, eagles, and fish as well as the entitling of Hebrew books. The next section is on authors and places of publication addressing such diverse topics as a much republished book opposed to gambling, authors of books on philology and on the massacres of tah-ve-tat (1648–49); of articles on diverse and disparate places of printing, Chierie, Hamburg, Offenbach, Verona, and Slavuta, generally small barely remembered publishers of interesting works, and in the last location properly identifying the printer of the highly regarded Slavuta press. Included is a section on Christian-Hebraism with articles on Altdorf where polemical books were published and another on William Wotten, a Christian vicar who published the first English translation of Mishnayot. The result is a wide-ranging series of articles highlighting the activities of early Hebrew presses and printers.

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Marvin J. Heller is an award-winning author of books and articles on early Hebrew printing and bibliography. Among his books are the Printing the Talmud series, The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Hebrew Book: An Abridged Thesaurus, and several collections of articles.
Contents
Preface

part 1: Hebrew Book Arts


1 The Eagle Motif in 16th and 17th Century Hebrew Books
 Appendix: Biblical Verses Containing References to the Eagle as [ים] נשר [מ][כ][ה]

2 The Lion Motif on Early Hebrew Title Pages and Pressmarks

3 The Fish Motif on Early Hebrew Title Pages and as Pressmarks

4 Keter Shem Tov: A Study in the Entitling of Books, Here Limited to One Title Only
 1 Discourses, Literal and Kabbalistic, on the Torah
 2 Halakhah and Minhag
 3 Biographical and Related Anecdotal Works
 4 Miscellanea
 5 Summary

5 Entitling Hebrew Books from Shir ha-Shirim (Song of Songs)
 1 Song of Songs 1
 2 Song of Songs 2
 3 Song of Songs 3
 4 Song of Songs 4
 5 Song of Songs 5
 6 Song of Songs 6
 7 Song of Songs 7
 8 Song of Songs 8
 9 Additional Hebrew Books from Shir ha-Shirim (Song of Songs)

part 2: Makers and Places of Hebrew Books


6 Belvedere and Kuru Tsheshme: Sephardic Printing in Late-Sixteenth-Century Constantinople
 1 Books Printed at Belvedere
 2 Books Printed at Kuru Tsheshme
 3 Conclusion

7 Kesef Nivhar, Kesef Mezukkak, Kesef Zaruf, and Other Works: The Career and Books of Rabbi Josiah ben Joseph Pinto

8 The Laniados: A Sixteenth–Seventeenth Century Family of Sages in Aram Zova (Aleppo, Haleb) and the Books That They Wrote

9 Benjamin ben Immanuel Mussafia: A Study in Contrasts

10 Sur me-Ra Leon (Judah Aryeh) Modena’s Popular and Much Reprinted Treatise against Gambling
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11 R. Nathan Nata ben Moses Hannover: The Life and Works of an Illustrious and Tragic Figure
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12 Offenbach Revisited: An Enigma Reexamined

13 An Early-Seventeenth-Century Hebrew Press in Chieri: A Passing Phenomenon, a Brief Mirage
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14 Hamburg: A Varied Early Hebrew Press
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15 Hebrew Printing in Verona Resumed, but Briefly

16 On the Identity of the First Printers in Slavuta

Part 3: Christian-Hebraism


17 Hebrew Printing in Altdorf: A Brief Christian-Hebraist Phenomenon
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18 Christian-Hebraism in England: William Wotten and the First Translation of the Mishnah into English
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Part 4: Book Varia


19 Concise and Succinct: Sixteenth-Century Editions of Medieval Halakhic Compendiums

20 Unicums, Fragments, and Other Hebrew Book Rarities
 1 Introduction
 2 Incunabula: Editions of Rashi’s Torah Commentary
 3 Early Soncino Family Editions of the Bible
 4 A Unicum Tehilim (Psalms)
 5 Talmud Rarities
 6 Books Burned in Italy in the Mid-Sixteenth Century
 7 From the Cairo Genizah
 8 Constantinople Imprints
 9 Meshal ha-Kadmoni

21 Who Can Discern His Errors? Misdates, Errors, Deceptions, and Other Variations in and about Hebrew Books, Intentional and Otherwise: Revisited
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22 Approbations and Restrictions: Printing the Talmud in Eighteenth-Century Amsterdam and Two Frankfurts
 1 Amsterdam—Benveniste Talmud
 2 Frankfurt on the Oder—Michael Gottschalk
 3 Marcheses and de Palasios and Solomon Proops
 4 Frankfurt on the Main Talmud
 5 Aftermath

23 Adversity and Authorship: As Revealed in the Introductions of Early Hebrew Books

24 Seventeenth-Century Potpourri on Megillat Esther

25 Yitzi’at Mitzra’im (The Exodus) in Print: The First Editions of the Printed Haggadah
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Bibliography
Jewish history, Hebrew printing, Hebrew bibliography, Hebrew book arts, and Hebrew literature