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Printing and Printers
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Printing began in Germany in 1445. Hebrew letters and words were sometimes inserted in books printed in Latin script, but since printing was the exclusive right of Christian guilds, Jews could not engage in printing until it spread outside Germany. The first dated Hebrew book was printed in Italy in 1475. From there Hebrew printing spread to Spai…

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Rachel Simon, “Printing and Printers”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 17 October 2021
First published online: 2010

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