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Abraham Ben Raphael Meldola And The Resumption Of Printing In Livorno

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Hebrew print shops have been a fixture in cities throughout Europe from shortly after Gutenberg's invention of printing with movable type. A small number only of those cities have long and distinguished histories in the Hebrew book field. Among that small number is Livorno, an important center of the Hebrew book industry for two hundred years, from the mid-eighteenth century until the beginning of World War II. This extended period of productivity was due to the activity of a series of Hebrew presses, beginning with that of Abraham ben Raphael Meldola and concluding with that of the Belforte family. Although Livorno never achieved the prominence or prestige of such locations as Venice or Amsterdam, its presses succeeded in adding Livorno to the list of significant Hebrew book centers that have served Jewry so well since the invention of printing. This chapter discusses the earliest imprints of the first Meldola press.

Keywords: Abraham ben Raphael Meldola; Belforte family; Hebrew print shops; Jewry; Livorno

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