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The Printer’s Mark Of Marco Antonio Giustiniani And The Printing Houses That Utilized It

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Representations of the Temple in Jerusalem are among the cherished images of the Jewish people. It is not surprising, then, that a printer should select a representation of the Temple as his printer's device. Marco Antonio Giustiniani, who printed Hebrew books in Venice, did so, with a representation that was imitated by other printers for a century and a half. Giustiniani's printer device is a conventional representation of the Temple that is architecturally much closer to the Moslem Mosque of Omar than it is to the Temple in Jerusalem. The first imitation reproduction of the Giustiniani device occurred in Prague, at the press of Mordecai ben Gershom Katz. Mordecai, a son of Gershom ben Solomon Kohen (Katz), printed a number of books with a reproduction of the Temple mark: R. Moses ben Israel Isserles' Torat ha-Olah, and the anonymous Orhot Zaddikim.

Keywords: Hebrew books; Marco Antonio Giustiniani; Mordecai ben Gershom Katz; printer's device; Temple in Jerusalem



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