This text was prepared by William Gross:
Another of the miniature prayer books published in Jerusalem at the turn of the 19th century, this one includes the prayers for Sefirat Haomer. One of the major Hebrew printers working in the Holy City at that time was Shmuel Zuckerman who published books there for several decades.
Shmuel ben Ya’akov Halevy Zuckerman was born in Mesiritch in 1856. As a six-year-old child he made Aliyah with his parents. He learned the printing trade while working for Yisrael Bak, after whose death he continued in the printing house of Bak’s son Nisan. He soon went to London, however, and worked in printing there before returning to Eretz Israel to work in the shop of Ag”n. By 1885 he was a partner in that enterprise and from 1886 became the sole owner, publishing books under his name, becoming one of the foremost printers in Jerusalem. The press operated in the Old City of Jerusalem until Zuckerman moved it to the new city in 1926. Up to 1890 almost 80 books were printed from his press in addition to many single sheets. More than 100 items from the Zuckerman printing house exist in the Gross Family Collection.