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The First Complete Printed Hebrew Bible is Published at a Very High Price

Soncino, yeosh 'a ben yisra 'el natan, bibbia in ebraico, 1488, la prima edizione completa in ebraico (d'elci 862) 01

From the copy in the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence.

On April 22, 1488, in Soncino, Italy, Abraham ben Hayyim completed the printing for Joshua Solomon Soncino of Torah, Neviim, Ketuvim, the first complete printed Hebrew Bible. It is thought that 200-300 copies were issued, and at a high price. In 1492 German humanist and Greek and Hebrew scholar Johannes Reuchlin purchased a copy in Rome for 6 gold coins, supposedly a year's salary for a government clerk at the time.

ISTC no. ib00525500.

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