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Prince of the PressHow One Collector Built History's Most Enduring and Remarkable Jewish Library$
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Joshua Teplitsky

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300234909

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300234909.001.0001

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Creating a Collector

Creating a Collector

(p.22) One Creating a Collector
Prince of the Press

Joshua Teplitsky

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses David Oppenheim's start as an aspiring collector. Oppenheim's decision to accumulate a library and establish his identity as a preeminent collector began in earnest in his late teens, by which time he had graduated from the rabbinic training that was expected of young men of his social class. In itemizing the pieces of his collection in his earliest catalogue, Oppenheim recorded the sites of their acquisition, the people he transacted with, and the travelers who made up the world of book exchange for Jews in the seventeenth century. Meanwhile, his personal catalogue reveals the manifold ties Oppenheim had with family wealth, local vendors, and skilled scribes. Tracing the elements of the catalogue permits a reconstruction of the domains of book acquisition in Oppenheim's world, which involved education, exchange, family, and travel.

Keywords:   David Oppenheim, catalogue, book exchange, Jews, book acquisition, family wealth, book collector, scribes

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