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Bidding Information
Lot #    10449
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 10:11:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Los Cinco Libros de la Ley Divina
Author    [Marranos - Bible - Pentateuch]
City    Amsterdam
Publisher    Solomon Proophs
Publication Date    1718
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1], 528 pp., 154:100 mm., light age and damp staining, nice margins. A very good copy bound in modern full calf boards.
   Pentateuch with Haftorot in Spanish for use of the large Marrano population in Holland. Marranos in Amsterdam differed from those in other Protestant countries in that they openly practiced Judaism almost from the moment of their arrival. Thanks to the Marranos, Amsterdam became one of the greatest Jewish centers in the world in the 17th century; it had some of the finest academies and produced some of the greatest Jewish thinkers.

Solomon Proophs (d. 1734), scion of a family of Hebrew printers, publishers, and booksellers in Amsterdam. His father, Joseph, may have been a Hebrew printer as well. Solomon was established as a bookseller in Amsterdam and associated with other printers from 1697 to 1703. In 1704 he set up his own Hebrew press, which produced mainly liturgical books but also a wider range of works in halakhah, aggadah, Kabbalah, ethics, and history. In 1714 Proops began to print a Talmud edition in competition with that planned by Samuel b. Solomon Marches and Raphael b. Joshua de Palasios, but was forced by them to discontinue in view of their prior rabbinic monopoly. From 1715 productions by Proops carried advertisements of books he had published, and in 1730 he issued a sales catalog (Appiryon Shelomo), the first such Hebrew publication.

   Da Silva Rosa (Ets Haim) #15 ; EJ; H. D. Friedberg, Toledot ha-Defus ha-Ivri be-Eiropah (1937), 3640.
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
Language:    Spanish
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica