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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

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

Joshua Teplitsky

Yale University Press

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 Oppenheim stood at the meeting place of such concerted action: while his library offered a source of discovery for unpublished manuscripts, he also was personally involved in the publication process on account of his familial wealth to sponsor publications and the cachet he possessed,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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