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A Little Known Chapter In Hebrew Printing: Francesco Dalle Donne And The Beginning Of Hebrew Printing In Verona In The Sixteenth Century

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One of the richest chapters in the long and fascinating history of Hebrew printing belongs to the Hebrew presses of Italy. The history of small print-shops and the works they printed do not receive attention commensurate to the larger presses. Nevertheless, their history and books are often significant, deserving of greater attention. This is true of the print shop that issued Hebrew books in Verona in the sixteenth century. Despite the fact that printing in Verona began in the incunabular period and that so many presses were active in the sixteenth century, it was not until the last decade of that century that Hebrew books were printed in Verona. The first press to issue books with Hebrew type in Verona was that of Francesco dalle Donne, active from 1592 into the seventeenth century. Amram, writing in 1909, attributes two titles to the press, that is, Minhah Belulah and Midrash Tanhuma.

Keywords: Francesco Dalle Donne; Hebrew printing; Italy; Midrash Tanhuma; Minhah Belulah; sixteenth century; Verona



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