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Bidding Information
Lot #    10482
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 10:44:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Luah
Title (Hebrew)    לוח של שנת תקי'ט
Author    [Unrecorded - Miniature]
City    Frankfurt?
Publisher    Inheritors of Wolf Levi
Publication Date    1758
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [16] ff., 90:51 mm., usual light age staining, several old hands on few ff. A very good copy bound in the original blue paper wrappers. Unrecorded in the bibliography.
          
Detailed
Description
   Pocket calendar for the Hebrew year [5]519 (1758-1759), includes secular holidays (so that Jews make themselves scarce), market dates, and days appropiate for letting blood!

In many German Hebrew presses, Jewish workers would print small works (i.e. calendars, Blessings, etc.) without reporting them to the Christian nobleman that owned the press. The exorbitant rents and taxes demanded of the Jews made economic survival impossible. To put food on the table works like this lot were printed and sold clandestinely. Many times they would forge the name of press and printer to cover the deed.

The printers of this calendar are unknown. The term "Inheritors of Wolf Levi" appears in several calendars over a long span of time and in all liklihood was used as an hidden indicator of the real printer's identity. CD-EPI 0323816 records a single calendar for the year 5549 (1788) by the same printer.

          
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Listing Classification
Period
  
18th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Germany:    Checked
  
Subject
Other:    Calendar
  
Characteristic
Miniatures:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, Judeo-German
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica