Jewish Life in Early Modern Europe: The Origins of the Oppenheim Collection

21 January 2019 5.00pm 6.00pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Professor Joshua Teplitsky (Stony Brook University)


Cesar Merchan-Harmann |


The launch the book Prince of the Press: How One Collector Built History's Most Enduring and Remarkable Jewish Library (Yale University Press).

David Oppenheim (1664-1736), chief rabbi of Prague in the early eighteenth century, built an unparalleled collection of Jewish books, all of which have survived and are housed in the Bodleian Library. Oppenheim's world reached the great courts of European nobility, and his family ties brought him into networks of power, prestige, and opportunity that extended from Amsterdam to the Ottoman Empire. His story brings together culture, commerce, and politics, all filtered through this extraordinary collection. Based on this archive, Joshua Teplitsky's book offers a window into the social life of books in early modern Europe.

This event is followed by a drinks reception in Blackwell Hall, Weston Library.

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This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

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