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Five Books of the Torah, bibliophilic edition – Soncino Berlin 1930-1933

Five books of the Torah, “precise according to tradition and according to old and new editions and according to the 1926 Ginsburg edition, published by the Soncino company in Berlin…the letters were drawn by Marcus Behmer according to a picture of the letters in the Gershom Cohen edition from Prague. The printing was lasted from 1930 to 1933… 850 copies were printed on Van Gelder paper…” Large and impressive volumes, 40 cm. 2 parts [a] Bereishit – Shemot chapter 2. Shemot – Devarim (bound in a simple binding and not in the original binding). Wide margins, stains. Good general condition. This book was published by the company of Jewish bibliophiles from Berlin whose surname was Soncino “The Soncino company of Jewish bibliophiles” (Soncino Gesellschaft der Freunde des Juedischen Buches) [a well-known family of Jewish printers at the beginning of the modern era]. They were active between 1924-1937 and published books with emphasis upon precise typography. These Five Books of the Torah were part of a project that planned to print all the books in the Tanach but was stopped in 1937 when the Nazi regime ordered the company to liquidate.
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