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Moses Ben Abraham Avinu And His Printing-Presses

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The history of Hebrew printing is replete with outstanding personalities. Among the more colorful is Moses ben Abraham Avinu, who printed Hebrew books for more than three decades in Amsterdam and Germany. His life is of interest due to the insights it allows us into Hebrew printing at the end of the seventeenth and beginning of the eighteenth centuries and because it is instructive as to the adversities of Jewish life in that period. Moses ben Abraham Avinu printed in the attic of his house on Batavierstraat Street. His first title is recorded as a small Ashkenazic rite prayer-book, issued with the imprint of Moses Kosman; no copies of this work are extant today and it is known only from a deed which indicates 2,600 copies were printed.

Keywords: Amsterdam; Germany; Hebrew printing; Moses Ben Abraham Avinu

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