Selichoth Mi'Kol HaShanah.
[Penitential prayers for the whole year according to the Ashkenazic rite].
Amsterdam, Widow and Orphans of Joseph Proops, 1800
The Proops family were a dynasty of well known Hebrew printers, publishers, and booksellers in Amsterdam. Solomon Ben Yosef (d. 1734), whose father may have been a Hebrew printer as well, was an established bookseller in Amsterdam and in 1704 had set up his own Hebrew press, which produced mainly liturgical books as well as works on halakhah, Kabbalah, Jewish ethics and history. From 1715 productions by Proops carried advertisements of books he had published, and in 1730 he issued a sales catalogue, the first such Hebrew publication.
After his death, appointed guardians continued to operate the press, and even when his three sons took over, they continued trade under the old name until 1751, and later - under their own names. In 1785 Joseph Proops sold most of his work to Kurzbeck of Vienna, and when Proops died a year later, his widow and sons continued printing on a small scale, with various partners, until 1812. Solomon ben Abraham Proops, grandson of Solomon Ben Yosef split from the family printing house in 1797 and continued to work alone until 1827.
8vo, two vols; publishers embossed leather boards with gilt ornamental borders to front and back and decorations to spine, red morocco pastedowns to spine with gilt title in Hebrew, spine corners rubbed and chipped, with a piece missing from the top of the spine of vol. I, hinges cracked but holding; all edges gilt, contemporary Dutch marbled endpapers, leaves clean; (1), 52, 120; (1), 52, 186 ll.
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