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Soncino (Sonsino) Family
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After Gutenberg invented the printing press in the late 1440s, the new way of producing books quickly became popular among Jews in several European cities, and Italy soon became the center of Hebrew printing. Among the greatest of all the Jewish printers were the Soncinos.

Originally from Speyer (Spires) in the Rhineland, the first members of the family arrived in Soncino, a small town in northern Italy, in 1454, where they engaged in banking and moneylending. When town officials set up a public loan office, Israel Nathan, a wealthy physician, along with his sons Joshua and Mos…

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Rifat Sonsino, “Soncino (Sonsino) Family”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 29 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0020500>
First published online: 2010

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