[Book List]  

PLEASE NOTE: All bidding for the auction currently underway
at our new website at www.virtualjudaica.com/

Bidding Information
Lot #    10483
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 10:45:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Luah
Title (Hebrew)    לוח של שנת תקנ'ג
Author    [Unrecorded - Miniature]
City    Frankfurt?
Publisher    Inheritors of Wolf Levi
Publication Date    1792
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [16] ff., 95:60 mm., usual light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original blue paper wrappers. Unrecorded in the bibliography.
   Pocket calendar for the Hebrew year [5]593 (1792-1793), 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.

Associated Images
2 Images (Click thumbnail to view full size image):
  Order   Image   Caption
  1   Click to view full size  
  2   Click to view full size  
Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Other:    Calendar
First Editions:    Checked
Miniatures:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, Judeo-German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica