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Chronograms On Title Pages In Selected Eighteenth Century Editions Of The Talmud

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The publication dates of Hebrew books were traditionally represented on their title pages by chronograms. The Talmud was printed several times in Poland in the first half of the seventeenth century. Verses were used as chronograms on the title pages of tractates in the Lublin edition of 1617-39 and also on the title pages of some individual tractates which were not part of an entire Talmud. In the next hundred and fifty years, several editions of the complete Talmud, as well as numerous editions of individual tractates, appeared. The date was shown on the title page, with a different verse suitable to the tractate's contents, even when multiple volumes were printed in the same year. This chapter selects three editions to demonstrate the ingenuity employed in the selection of these verses: the Amsterdam 1714-17, Frankfort on the Main 1720-23, and Amsterdam 1752-65 editions of the Talmud.

Keywords: Amsterdam; chronograms; Frankfort; Hebrew books; Talmud; tractates



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