Launch of Professor Joshua Teplitsky's 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.
Followed by a drinks reception in Blackwell Hall, Weston Library