TYPE: Book (Set)
COMPONENTS: Two books bound into one
ITEM ID: 2493
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First Two Books in Aleppo

Year: 1866
Decade: 1860s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)

The first two Hebrew books printed in Aleppo, this ancient Jewish community of Northern Syria: Aleppo Sha’arei Kedushah and Sepher Alim Letrupah (letters of moral instruction by Moses Nachmanides and Elijah, Gaon of Vilna).

Sasson was sent by his father to Italy to learn the art of printing. The rabbinic type he uses here is in fact very similar to that used by the Livornese Hebrew presses.

Avi Gold, “The spelling should be Sepher Alim Letruphah, rather than Sepher Elim Letrupah. The meaning is ‘The Book of Leaves/Folios for Healing.'”