Obj. ID: 35367
Jewish printed books Zevach ha-Shlemim by Moshe ben Yehonatan Galante, Amsterdam, 1708
The following description was prepared by William Gross:
In the time of the temple, Zevach shelamim was an offering of well being or peace, which expressed gratitude.This is an early edition of one of the classic texts regarding ritual slaughter for Kashrut by this name. It is one of the first books published by Proops, a Hebrew printing house that last more that 150 years in Amsterdam. The architectural frame for the title page text was utilized by Proops for many years and was copied by other printers both in Amsterdam and in other cities in Europe. There are many editions of this text in the Gross Family Collection.
The press set up by Solomon Proops became the most famous of all the presses operating in Amsterdam in the 18th century, apart from the Menasseh ben Israel press. Solomon's father Joseph came to Amsterdam from Poznan. Solomon Proops was initially involved in the bookselling trade, and in 1677 was admitted to the Amsterdam Guild of Booksellers, Printers and Bookbinders. In 1704 he set up his own press, which was to become the longest operating and most productive of all the Jewish presses in Europe in the 18th C. He acquired the fame of a printer who produced beautiful books that could be bought at a reasonable price.