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  Tikkun Socharim ve-Tikkun Chalufim by Yosef ben Ya'akov Maarsen, Amsterdam, 1714

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The following description was prepared by William Gross:

Tikun Socharim V’Tikun Chilufim. Amsterdam, 1714. Igron. Contains the versions of commercial letters and debentures and their laws, in Yiddish. The whole book was printed in cursive Ashkenazi font, a unique phenomenon for a printed book, this was to make it easier for dealers to copy from the book. On the verso of the title page, is the approbation of Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Ashkenazi Av Beit Din of Amsterdam, called the Chacham Zvi and in his approbation he mentions the font of the letters and prohibits copying the font produced by the publishers. This small book is a manual of commercial correspondence for merchants and money changers compiled from contemporary non-Jewish law books. The text was compiled by Yosef ben Ya'akov Maarsen in collaboration with Tzvi Hirsch ben Gershon Szczebrszeszyn and Moses Bendin. It is the only edition of this text and employs a special font that resembles cursive Hebrew writing.
Yosef ben Ya'akov Maarsen was a Dutch scholar and publisher, and a member of a family of printers. He lived in Amsterdam in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Other works published by him include: 1. A Judæo-German translation, by himself, from the Dutch of an account of the uprising that occurred at Amsterdam in 1696. It was edited (Amsterdam, 1707), under the title "Eine Beschreibung von die Rebelerei zu Amsterdam," by the translator's father, who had witnessed the events. 2. "Ḥanok la-Na'ar," models of Judæo-German letters, with a glossary containing more than one hundred Latin, French, and German words, compiled by him in collaboration with Moses Bendin (Amsterdam, 1714-15). 3. "Leshon Zahav," or "Miktam le-David," by David Maarssen, models of Hebrew letters, published as a supplement to the preceding work (ib. 1714). 4. "Yehoshua' ben Sirak," the wisdom of Ben Sirah, translated by Maarssen into Judæo-German from the Dutch (ib. 1712). 5. "Schöne Artliche Geschichten," seven stories of Boccaccio's, translated, also by Maarssen, from the Dutch (ib. 1710).
[8], 230 pages.

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