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History of the Early Printed Hebrew Book

Early Hebrew Printing Houses by Region

The advent and persistence of Hebrew printing establishments in specific geographical areas and towns/cities has been extensively studied. The gazetteers by Adler, Freimann and Rosenfeld, placed at the beginning of this section of the research guide set the stage and demonstrate the spread of Hebrew printing from the Iberian peninsula to the far reaches of eastern Europe, throughout the Mediterranean basin, and all points between.

Adler, Elkan Nathan
A Gazetteer of Hebrew Printing (London:  Grafton & Co., 1917), 23 pages, 549 localities; with the important additions and comments of Alexander Marx in his review, JQR 11 (1920) 265-76.
Katz Center - Reference Room. Z125 .A34 1917
Katz Center - Stacks. Z125 .A34 1917
Marx's review =

Freimann, Aron and Joshua Bloch
A Gazetteer of Hebrew Printing (New York: New York Public Library, 1946) 949 localities
Katz Center - Stacks. Z125 .F73 1946
Van Pelt Library. Z125 .F7
[repr. pp. 255-340 in, Hebrew Printing and Bibliography (New York, 1976)
Katz Center - Reference Room. Z228.H4 H43 1976]

Krek, Miroslav
“Some Additions and Corrections to Freimann’s Gazetter of Hebrew Printing,” Studia Rosenthaliana 15 (1981) 238-244
Katz Center – Stacks. DS135.N4 S8
Van Pelt Library. DS135.N4 S8

Rosenfeld, Moshe  
רשימת מקומות הדפוס, הספרים הראשונים וזמנם בלוויית צילום שערי הספרים וציונים ביבליוגראפיים = Hebrew Printing from its Beginning until 1948.  A Gazetteer of Printing, the First Books and Their Dates with Photographed Title Pages and Bibliographical Notes (Jerusalem, 1992)  1079 localities.
Katz Center - Reference Oversize. Z228.H4 R68 1992