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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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Epilogue and Conclusion

Epilogue and Conclusion

The Library Moves On

(p.188) Epilogue and Conclusion
Prince of the Press

Joshua Teplitsky

Yale University Press

This epilogue looks at David Oppenheim's library after his death. Because Oppenheim's library was so closely tied up with the personhood of its collector, its meaning and purpose dramatically changed after Oppenheim's death in 1736, and the untimely death of his son only three years later in 1739. The library traveled between different owners and users, and ideas for configuring new purposes for it were mooted for more than a hundred years. Much as the movement of the library's individual components revealed a map of power relations in premodern Europe, the wanderings of the entire collection similarly reflected commensurate shifts in Jewish political culture. Proposals for new homes for the library indicated that Jewish patronage culture was being left behind, replaced with new models of accommodation and advocacy, and the library's contents were imagined as a basis for new forms of Judaism and Jewish political life in the modern world.

Keywords:   David Oppenheim, library, power relations, Jewish political culture, Jewish patronage culture, Judaism, Jewish political life, premodern Europe

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