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Observations On The Reprinting Of Kesef Nivhar

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After being out of print for more than two hundred years, Kesef Nivhar, by R. Avi Ezri Zelig ben Isaac Margoliot, was reissued in 1995. Kesef Nivhar, homilies and commentaries on the Torah, was first printed in Amsterdam in 1712 and reprinted in Livorno (Leghorn) in 1794. Apart from the intrinsic value of Kesef Nivhar, the publication of the first edition provides us with an example of cooperation between print shops in Amsterdam in the first part of the eighteenth century. The manner in which it was produced and the physical evidence of the book informs us about book practices at that time. Kesef Nivhar was printed in two parts the first, by Solomon Proops, the second by Simon Shamash and Moses Dias. The two parts are physically alike and the casual reader might well assume that the entire book was printed at the same print shop.

Keywords: Amsterdam; Kesef Nivhar; Livorno; print shop; R. Avi Ezri Zelig ben Isaac Margoliot



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