Further Studies in the Making of the Early Hebrew Book contains essays on aspects of the early Hebrew book most often treated in a cursory manner if addressed at all. The largest section of the volume is concerned with the makers and places of Hebrew books, mainly addressing book-makers poorly remembered or controversial and print-shops that issued a small number of books in a brief period of time. The section on varia addresses aspects of the book trade such as small books, incomplete books published as a prospectus, competing simultaneous editions, and errors and variations in books. Two smaller sections deal with book arts such as incunabula frames and pressmarks; variations between medieval and current Sephardic Haggadot.
Marvin J. Heller writes books and articles on Hebrew printing and bibliography. His
Printing the Talmud: A History of the Individual Treatises Printed from 1700 to 1750 (Brill, Leiden, 1999), and
The Sixteenth Century Hebrew Book: An Abridged Thesaurus (Brill, Leiden, 2004) were, respectively, recipients of the 1999 and 2004 Research and Special Libraries Division Award of the Association of Jewish Libraries for Bibliography. His most recent book is the
The Seventeenth Century Hebrew Book: An Abridged Thesaurus.
Further Studies in the Making of the Early Hebrew Book is a necessary work for libraries and universities, bibliographers, historians, and collectors of Hebraica and Judaica. It is of value to anyone interested in book arts, Jewish history, literature and bibliography.