New York, New York Public Library, 1942. Item #38649
Original illustrated paper wrappers. 4to. Pages 471-536; 26 cm. Divided into multiple sections. “Hebrew Printing in Naples” is by leading Jewish bibliographer, and head of the NYPL Jewish Division, Joshua Bloch. Also includes, “Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Art and Architecture, ” and “Kingston to Newson to Blake. ” Includes facsimile of a beautiful Hebrew book from Naples. “The Jews in Italy, Spain and Portugal were the first to make use of the newly-invented art of Gutenberg for the production of Hebrew books. Hebrew printing presses were set up in various parts of those countries, and produced virtually all known Hebrew books printed during the fifteenth century. Naples, the largest and most beautiful city of Lower Italy, became an early and quite important center of Hebrew printing, second only to Soncino, even as it had become a large center of Jewish life. Though of short duration, the Neapolitan was perhaps the most cosmopolitan Jewish community in the fifteenth century. With the exception of Soncino, none of the cities in Spain, Portugal or Italy can claim the production of as many Hebrew incunabula as were printed in Naples in less than a decade. ” The periodical was published monthly from 1897-1977. SUBJECT (S) : Bibliography, Periodicals. OCLC lists 22 holdings worldwide. Toning to pages. Minimal staining and rubbing. Very dusty. Very good condition. (AMR-53-13).