Interesting Day for Printing History

An interesting day in book binding history 539 years ago today!

The Day in Jewish History / First volume of Hebrew work printed

The second-oldest extant Hebrew printed work, ‘Arba’ah Turim’ is one of the most important compendiums of Jewish law.

On July 3, 1475, Meshullam Cusi Rafa ben Moses Jacob printed the first volume of the important halakhic work “Arba’ah Turim” (“Four Columns.”) It is the second-oldest dated work still in existence, printed in Hebrew a mere 21 years after Johannes Gutenberg printed his first Bible with movable type.

The book can now be found at Padua’s Biblioteca Civica Bp 6747.

Padua Biblioteca Civica

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