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Prints in Yiddish Published in Lublin during the 1st Commonwealth
Prints in Yiddish Published in Lublin during the 1st Commonwealth

Author(s): Magdalena Bendowska
Subject(s): Political history, Social history, Recent History (1900 till today)
Published by: Żydowski Instytut Historyczny
Keywords: Jewish printers; old Yiddish prints; Lublin 16th and 17th century; Simon Levi Ginzburg’s Minhagim Lublin 1593

Summary/Abstract: Lublin became the second center - after Cracow - of Jewish typography in the Polish Commonwealth. Prints were published in Hebrew and Yiddish. Information regarding the first two 16th-century Yiddish prints from Lublin can be found in book inventories compiled by Mantuan Jews at the request of the censorship committee, but the books themselves did not endure until today. The oldest preserved Yiddish book from Lublin is Simon Ginzburg’s Minhagim from 1593. There is no record of this book in any Jewish bibliography, except for the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960, accessible online. The description was made on the basis of the unique copy preserved at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel. Lublin printed mainly Hebrew books and the Yiddish prints only constituted around 5% of the output. In total, about a dozen or so were published, of which nearly half did not survive and the remaining ones are extremely rare today.

  • Issue Year: 265/2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 35-56
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: English