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Jewish printed books
  Los Cincos de Libros de la Ley Divina... and Aphtaroth de todo el Ano..., Amsterdam, 1718

© Gross Family Collection, Photographer: Unknown,

This text was prepared by William Gross:

The beginning of the Jewish community in Amsterdam is rooted in the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions at the end of the 16th century. During this period, many of the large number of Jews whose ancestors had been forcibly converted almost one hundred years earlier and labeled "New Christians" were being hounded and accused of heresies. Some of these chose to leave and found a friendly refuge in the Protestant city of Amsterdam. As more and more of them arrived and sought to return to their Jewish roots, the need arose for fundamental Jewish texts that would be comprehensible to an audience ignorant of Hebrew.
A volume that still speaks to the strength of the Sephardic tradition in Amsterdam iin the first quarter of the 18th century; this impressive tortoise shell binding with gilt silver clasps holds a number of works in the Spanish language as translations from the Hebrew original. These include the bible, the Haphtarot [the weekly readings], a daily prayer book and a multi-year calendar. The edges of this thick compilation are beautifully gilt and gauffered in color.

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Los Cincos de Libros de la Ley Divina... and Aphtaroth de todo el Ano... | Unknown
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1718
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Proops, Solomon ben Joseph, Printing House in Amsterdam
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{"2119":"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."}
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