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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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“To Make Books Without End”

“To Make Books Without End”

From the Library to the Printing Press

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(p.130) Four “To Make Books Without End”
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Prince of the Press
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Joshua Teplitsky

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300234909.003.0005

This chapter addresses David Oppenheim's will to “make books without end” and how he promoted that mission in a variety of material and cultural ways. Much as the circulation of books permitted a vantage point for discovering relationships of power and prestige, the production of books represented an equally fraught political field. To print a Jewish book required the cooperation of Jews and Christians, authors and printers, artisans and wealthy sponsors, censors and endorsers. Oppenheim stood at the meeting place of such concerted action: while his library offered a source of discovery for unpublished manuscripts, he also was personally involved in the publication process on account of his familial wealth to sponsor publications and the cachet he possessed, as a bibliophile and scholar, to discriminate between works that deserved publication and those that did not.

Keywords:   David Oppenheim, book production, Jewish book, book printing, Jews, Christians, publication process, book publication

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