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Lot #    13989
Auction End Date    4/25/2006 10:25:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Pentateuch
Title (Hebrew)    חמשה חומשי תורה - תקון סופרים
Author    [Bible - Variant Copy]
City    Amsterdam
Publisher    Joseph, Jacob, Abraham Proops
Publication Date    1762
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [2], 207, 211-308; [2], 73 ff., 168:106 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining, old hands. A very good set bound in modern tooled boards.
   The Pentateuch with the Rashi commentary and Haftorot. Includes the Mesorah as the set was designed for scribes as a guide for writing the Torah scroll.

Proops, family of Hebrew printers, publishers, and booksellers in Amsterdam. Solomon b. Joseph (d. 1734), whose father may have been a Hebrew printer as well, was established as a bookseller in Amsterdam and associated with other printers from 1697 to 1703. In 1704 he set up his own Hebrew press, which produced mainly liturgical books but also a wider range of works in halakhah, aggadah, Kabbalah, ethics, and history. In 1714 Proops began to print a Talmud edition in competition with that planned by Samuel b. Solomon Marches and Raphael b. Joshua de Palasios, but was forced by them to discontinue in view of their prior rabbinic monopoly. From 1715 productions by Proops carried advertisements of books he had published, and in 1730 he issued a sales catalog (Appiryon Shelomo), the first such Hebrew publication.

At his death, appointed guardians continued to operate the press, and even when his sons Joseph (d. 1786), Jacob (d. 1779), and Abraham (d. 1792) took over, they traded under the old name until 1751. Between 1752 and 1765 the sons, now under their own name, printed a Talmud edition with interruptions, which were due in part to attempts to print a Talmud in Sulzbach, against which they successfully asserted their own rabbinical monopoly. In 1761 they bought the typographical material of the Athias press, but business declined. In 1785 Joseph Proops sold most of his work to Kurzbeck of Vienna, and when he died a year later his widow and sons, for some time in partnership with Abraham Prins, continued printing on a small scale until 1812. From 1774 to his death Jacob Proops worked on his own; his widow and sons continued along until 1793 and until 1797 in partnership with Solomon (d. 1833), son of Abraham Proops; Solomon worked alone until 1827. Abraham Proops had been active on his own in 1776–79; afterward he removed his business to Offenbach, but his son, who worked with him, returned to Amsterdam at his father's death. David, a son of Jacob Proops, printed from 1810 to 1849 in partnership with H. van Emde and his widow, when the press was sold to Levisson who continued it until 1869; the Levisson brothers remained active until 1917.

Paragraph 2    ... לכתוב ולהגיה ממנה ספר תורה... ואלה מוסיף על הראשונים [אמשטרדם תקי"א] פירוש רש"י דף על דף ממש. עם כל מראה מקומות הפסוקים שהביא רש"י... ההפטרות שיכולים לחול בכל חלק... הוספנו... פרשיות המפטיר קודם אותן ההפטרות... בשנת ת'ורתי' אל' תע'זו'בו'

ספירה ראשונה החומש, ובראשו שני שערים, הראשון מצוייר בפיתוח נחושת. ספירה שניה, עם שער מיוחד: סדר הפטרות כמנהג קהלות ספרדים ואשכנזים... בשנת... ו'ב'נ'ב'י'א'י' ה'א'מ'ת' והצדק לפ"ק [צ"ל: לפ"ג, ה'תקכ"ב]. מעבר לו: ברכות ההפטרה, ובדף [2,ב]: שמות הטעמים לפי סדר הספרדים... האשכנזים... האיטליאני. בסוף ספר שמות (דף קמד,ב): ועתה אפרש מעשה האפוד... הספר נכרך בחמשה כרכים. בראש כל חומש נוספו שני השערים, ובסוף כל חומש צורפו ההפטרות השייכות לו, עם השער, ברכות ההפטרה ו"שמות הטעמים".

   CD-EPI 0304697 (final collation only 68 ff.); EJ
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica