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

Professor Joshua Teplitsky (Stony Brook University)
Event date
Event time
17:00 - 18:00
Weston Library
Broad Street
Venue details

The Weston Library lecture theatre, main entrance on Broad Street

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Disabled access?
Booking required

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