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History of the Early Printed Hebrew Book

Printing Ladino and Yiddish

Books printed in Hebrew characters but in different languages (notably Spanish, German, Arabic and Persian) are witnesses to audiences earer for more than the classic rabbinic and/or strictly religious books.  Though strictly not Hebrew books, the intersection of Jewish culture with host cultures resulted in new demands by readers, created new opportunities for authors, provided new markets for printers and are subject to separate scholarly studies.

Aptroot, Marion
"'In galkhes they do not say so, but the taytsh is at it stands here'. Notes on the Amsterdam Yiddish Bible Translations by Blitz and Witzenhausen," Studia Rosenthaliana 27 (1993): 136-158
Katz Center – Stacks. DS135.N4 S8
Van Pelt Library. DS135.N4 S8
http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/41481943.pdf?_=1462285633437

Baumgarten, Jean
“Élie Bahur Lévita et la naissance de la grammaire yiddish,” pp. 215-34 in, En mémoire de Sophie Kessler-Mesguich (Paris:  Presses Sorbonne nouvelle, 2012) edd. Jean Baumgarten, José Costa, Jean-Patrick Guillaume and Judith Kogel
Katz Center - Stacks. PJ4514 .K47 2012

Baumgarten, Jean
“Giovanni di Gara, imprimeur de livres yiddish à Venise (milieu du XVe-début du XVIe siècle) et la culture juive de la Renaissance,” Revue des études juives 159 (2000) 587-98
Katz Center - Periodicals Gallery. DS101 .R45
Van Pelt Library. DS101 .R45

Baumgarten, Jean
“Printing, distribution, and audience of Yiddish books,” pp. 38-71 in, Introduction to Old Yiddish literature (Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005) ed. and tr. by Jerold C. Frakes
Katz Center - Stacks. PJ5120 .B3413 2005

Baumgarten, Jean
“Printing Yiddish books in Francfort in the 17th and 18th century,” Bulletin du Centre de Recherche Français de Jérusalem 20 (2009) 1-35
http://bcrfj.revues.org/6218   

Ben-Ur, Aviva
“Ladino in print:  Toward a comprehensive bibliography,” Jewish History 16 (2002) 309-326
Katz Center - Periodicals Gallery. DS101 .J46556
Van Pelt Library. DS101 .J46556
http://people.umass.edu/abenur/article%20pdfs/Ben-Ur,%20%22Ladino%20in%20Print%22.pdf

Berger, Shlomo
“Books for the Masses: The Amsterdam Yiddish Book Industry, 1650-1800,” European Judaism 42.2 (2009) 24-33
Katz Center - Periodicals B1. BM1 .E86
http://www.jstor.org/journal/europeanjudaism

Berger, Shlomo
“An Invitation to Buy and Read: Paratexts of Yiddish Books in Amsterdam, 1650-1800,” Book History 7 (2004) 31-61
Van Pelt Library. Z4 .B645
http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/book_history/

Berger, Shlomo
Producing Redemption in Amsterdam: Early Modern Yiddish Books in Paratextual Perspective
Leiden:  Brill, 2013
Katz Center - Stacks. PJ5124 .B38 2013
Van Pelt Library. PJ5124 .B38 2013

Berger, Shlomo
“Yiddish books in early modern Prague 1550-1750,” pp. 177-186 in, Hebrew Printing in Bohemia and Moravia (Prague: Academia – The Jewish Museum in Prague, 2012) Olga Sixtova´, ed.; tr. by Pavel Sla´dek et al.
Van Pelt Library. Z228.H4 H43713 2012
Fine Arts Library. Z228.H4 H43713 2012

Berger, Shlomo
"Yiddish Book Production in Amsterdam between 1650-1800:  Local and International Aspects," pp. 203-212 in, The Dutch Intersection.  The Jews and the Netherlands in Modern History (Leiden :  Brill, 2008) ed. Yosef Kaplan
Katz Center - Stacks. DS135.N4 D87 2008
Van Pelt Library. DS135.N4 D87 2008

Bernstein, M.  
“Di yidishe drukerayen in Ukraine [Jewish Printing Shops in the Ukraine],” YIVO Bleter 45 (New York, 1975) 9-46
Katz Center - Periodicals B1. PJ5120.A1 Y5

Borovaya, Olga
Modern Ladino Culture: Press, Belles Lettres, and Theater in the Late Ottoman Empire
Bloomington :  Indiana University Press, c2012
Katz Center - Stacks. DS135.T8 B68 2012
Van Pelt Library. DS135.T8 B68 2012

Faierstein, Morris M.
“Paulus Aemilius, Convert to Catholicism and Printer of Yiddish Books in Sixteenth Century Augsburg,” Judaica.  Beiträge zum Verstehen des Judentums 71 (2015) 349-365
Katz Center Stacks – B1.  Periodical

Feuchtwanger-Sarig, Naomi
“How Italian are the Venice Minhagim of 1593? A Chapter in the History of Yiddish Printing in Italy,” pp. 177-205 in, Schöpferische Momente des Europäischen Judentums in den frühen Neuzeit (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C. Winter, 2000) ed. Michael Graetz
Katz Center - Stacks. DS135.E81 S3 2000
Van Pelt Library. DS135.E81 S3 2000

Fuks, Leo
“De twee gelijktijdig te Amsterdam in de 17e eeuw verschenen Jiddische bijbelvertalingen,” Het Boek, Nieuwe reeks 32 (1955-1957) 146 – 165
Research Annex (LIBRA).  10.5 B633

Joffe, Judah A.
"Older Yiddish deluxe editions," [Yiddish] YIVO bleter 16 (1940) 45-58
Katz Center - Periodicals B1. PJ5120.A1 Y5

Komoróczy, Szonja Ráhel
Yiddish Printing in Hungary: An Annotated Bibliography
Center for Jewish Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2011
Available at Harvard University or Cornell University, but on-site only.

Landau, Jacob M.
“Hebrew [and Ladino] printing in Ottoman Istanbul,” pp. 21-29 in, The Studies on the Hebrew Language / Ibrani Dili Üzerine Arastirmalar (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014) edd. Ali Küçükler and Hüseyin Içen
Van Pelt Library. PJ4509 .S88 2014

Lazar, Moshe
The Ladino Bible of Ferrara 1553 - A Critical Edition
Culver City, CA : Labyrinthos, 1992
Available via BorrowDirect, Harvard University

Lehmann, Matthias B.
Ladino Rabbinic Literature and Ottoman Sephardic Culture
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2005
Katz Center - Stacks. DS135.L4 L44 2005
Van Pelt Library. DS135.L4 L44 2005

Lehmann, Matthias B.
“The Intended Reader of Ladino Rabbinic Literature and Judeo-Spanish Reading Culture,” Jewish History 16 (2002) 283-307
Katz Center - Periodicals Gallery. DS101 .J46556
Van Pelt Library. DS101 .J46556
http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/20101479.pdf?acceptTC=true

Lehmann, Matthias B.
“Print and the Vernacular: The Emergence of Ladino Reading Culture.  The Eighteenth-Century Classic:  Huli’s Me’am Lo’ez,” pp. 31-48 and 217-222 in, Ladino Rabbinic Literature and Ottoman Sephardic Culture (Bloomington:  Indiana University, 2005 Press)
Katz Center - Stacks. DS135.L4 L44 2005
Van Pelt Library. DS135.L4 L44 2005

Romer-Segal, Agnes
“Yiddish Works on Women’s Commandments in the Sixteenth Century,” pp. 37-59 in, Studies in Yiddish Literature and Folklore (Jerusalem: 1986)
Available via BorrowDirect from Harvard University, Yale University, et al.

Romer-Segal, Agnes
“Yiddish Literature and its Readers in the 16th Century:  Books in the Censors’ Lists, Mantua 1595,” [Hebrew] Kiryat Sefer 53 (1978) 779-790
Katz Center - Periodicals Gallery. Z6367 .K57
Van Pelt Library. Z6367 .K57

Rosenfeld, Moshe N.
“The Origins of Yiddish Printing,” pp. 111-136 in, Origins of the Yiddish Language (Oxford :  Pergamon Press, 1987) ed. Dovid Katz
Katz Center - Stacks. PJ5111 .O94 1985 VOL .1
Van Pelt Library. PJ5111 .O94 1985

Rubin, Noga
"Sefer Lev Tov, Prague 1620: The First Edition of the Book?," Zutot 5(2008) 121-127
Katz Center - Stacks. DS101 .Z886
Van Pelt Library DS101 .Z886
http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/187502108785806888

Shmeruk, Chone
“The first Yiddish editions in Italy,” [Hebrew] Italia 3 (1982) 112-75
Katz Center – Stacks. DS135.I85 A1 I85
Van Pelt Library. DS135.I8 I85

Shmeruk, Chone
“Yiddish Printing in Italy,” pp. 171-190 in, Yiddish in Italia : Yiddish manuscripts and printed books from the 15th to the 17th century (Milano : Associazione Italiana Amici dell' Universita di Gerusalemme, 2003) edd. Erika Timm and Chava Turniansky, with the collaboration of Claudia Rosenzweig
Katz Center - Reference Folio. Z228.H4 T9 2003
Van Pelt Library. Z228.H4 T9 2003

Sidorko, Clemens P.
Basel und der jiddische Buchdruck (1557–1612): Kulturexport in der Frühen Neuzeit
Basel :  Schwabe, 2014
Katz Center - Stacks. Z176.B2 S53 2014
Van Pelt Library. Z176.B2 S53 2014

Sidorko, Clemens P.
“ “The Most Beautiful Printed Book in Old Yiddish.” Zum Bildschmuck des Zürcher Sefer Yosippon von 1546,” Judaica 72 (2016) 1-48
Katz Center - Periodicals B1.  PERIODICAL

Simon, Rachel
“The Contribution of Hebrew Printing Houses and Printers in Istanbul to Ladino Culture and Scholarship,” Judaica Librarianship 16/17 (2011) 125-135
Katz Center - Periodicals B2. Z675.J4 A57
Van Pelt Library. Z675.J4 A57
http://ajlpublishing.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1008&context=jl

Steinschneider,  Moritz
“Jüdisch-deutsche Literatur nach einem handschriftlichen Katalog der Opeenheim’schen Bibliothek (in Oxford,” Serapeum, Zeitschrift für Bibliotekwissenschaft, Handscriftenkunde und ältere Litteratur 9 (1848) 313-20, 321-36, 344-52, 363-68, 375-84; 10 (1849) 9-16, 25-32, 42-48, 74-80, 88-96, 107-112.
Available via HathiTrust Digital Library  http://catalog.hathitrust.org/api/volumes/oclc/1585677.html

Tanner, Regula
"Sefer ha-Yira und Sefer Hayye Olam - zwei jiddische Drucke aus Freiburg i. Br. von 1583," Judaica 68 (2012) 105-128
Katz Center - Periodicals B1 PERIODICAL

Timm, Erika
"Blitz and Witzenhausen," pp. 39-66 in, כמנהג אשכנז ופולין : ספר יובל לחנא שמרוק : קובץ מחקרים בתרבות יהודית  = Studies in Jewish culture in honour of Chone Shmeruk (Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 1993) edd. Israel Bartal, Chava Turniansky, and Ezra Mendelsohn
Katz Center - Stacks. BM42.S564 K46 1993
Van Pelt Library. PJ5120.A4 S7 1993

Timm, Erika and Chava Turniansky ; Italian version with the collaboration of Claudia Rosenzweig
Yiddish in Italia : carte ritrovate : manoscritti e antiche edizioni a stampa in yiddish di area italiana : [Biblioteca nazionale Braidense : Milano, 19 febbraio-2 marzo 1996]
Milan? : La Biblioteca?, 1996?
Van Pelt Library. Z228.H4 Y533 1996

Timm, Erika and Chava Turniansky; English version with the collaboration of Claudia Rosenzweig
Yiddish in Italia : Yiddish manuscripts and printed books from the 15th to the 17th century = manoscritti e libri a stampa in yiddish dei secoli XV-XVII
Milano : Associazione Italiana Amici dell' Universita di Gerusalemme, 2003
Katz Center - Reference Folio. Z228.H4 T9 2003
Van Pelt Library. Z228.H4 T9 2003

Wolfthal, Diane
Picturing Yiddish: Gender, Identity, and Memory in the Illustrated Yiddish Books of Renaissance Italy
Leiden : Boston : Brill, 2004
Katz Center - Stacks. NC982 .W65 2004
Fine Arts Library. NC982 .W65 2004

Zafren, Herbert C.
“Three Pseudo-Yiddish Books from 1694,” HUCA 70/71 (1999/2000) 385-403
Katz Center - Periodicals Gallery. BM90 .H43
Van Pelt - Judaica/Ancient Near East Resource Room (401). BM11 .H4
http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublication?journalCode=hebruniocollannu

Zafren, Herbert C.
“Variety in the Typography of Yiddish:  1535-1635,” HUCA 53 (1982) 137-63
Katz Center - Periodicals Gallery. BM90 .H43
Van Pelt - Judaica/Ancient Near East Resource Room (401). BM11 .H4
http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublication?journalCode=hebruniocollannu