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Prince of the press : how one collector built history's most enduring and remarkable Jewish library

Author: Joshua Teplitsky
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press : Yale University Press, 2019.
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David Oppenheim (1664-1736), chief rabbi of Prague in the early eighteenth century, built an unparalleled collection of Jewish books and manuscripts, all of which have survived and are housed in the Bodleian Library at Oxford. His remarkable collection testifies to the myriad connections Jews maintained with each other across political borders, and the contacts between Christians and Jews that books facilitated.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joshua Teplitsky
ISBN: 9780300241136 0300241135
OCLC Number: 1089542126
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; ONE: Creating a Collector; TWO: Politics, Patronage, and Paper: Books and Broadsides as Political Objects; THREE: Collecting, Recording, and Practical Knowledge; FOUR: ""To Make Books Without End"": From the Library to the Printing Press; FIVE: Endorsing and Incriminating: Oppenheim and Approbata in the Court of Opinion and the Courts of Law; EPILOGUE AND CONCLUSION: The Library Moves On; List of Abbreviations; Notes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; V.
Responsibility: Joshua Teplitsky.
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