HOLKHAM HEBREW BIBLE

Naples, printed by Joshua Solomon Soncino, 1491 or 1492, 12 7/8 x 9 in. (32.7 x 22.9 cm), Holk. c.1, title page

The invention of the printing press in the mid-fifteenth century caused a revolution in the accessibility of texts and the spread of knowledge. Early printers often made their books look like manuscripts. In this luxurious printed Hebrew Bible the decoration has been painted by hand. The same border appears in reverse in "Aquila Volante," an Italian book. Jewish printers often borrowed woodcut borders from Christian printers.



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