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Prince of the Press: How One Collector Built History's Most Enduring and Remarkable Jewish Library

Joshua Teplitsky

Abstract

David Oppenheim (1664–1736), chief rabbi of Prague in the early eighteenth century, built an unparalleled collection of Jewish books and manuscripts, all of which have survived and are housed in the Bodleian Library at Oxford. His remarkable collection testifies to the myriad connections Jews maintained with each other across political borders, and the contacts between Christians and Jews that books facilitated. From contact with the great courts of European nobility to the poor of Jerusalem, Oppenheim's family ties brought him into networks of power, prestige, and opportunity that extended a ... More

Keywords: David Oppenheim, Bodleian Library, Jewish society, Jewish culture, Jewish commerce, Jewish politics, early modern Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780300234909
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300234909.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Teplitsky, author
Stony Brook University