The book of Job (Iyov) – Liber Jobi in versiculos metrice divisus; accedit canticum Moysis, Richard Grey, 1742.

9z Job_0001This is an example of early Hebrew printing in England.  The earliest book printed by a Jewish printer was printed in 1770.  This book, published in 1742, demonstrates that Hebrew typefaces were available in the British Isles at an earlier period when the only Hebrew printing was done by non-Jews.  My copy has a fine original leather binding, and is printed on high quality laid paper.  It was difficult to scan without harming the tightly bound book, so the images are not as sharp as I would like.

(Traditionally the book of Job is one of the few things that can be studied on Tishi B’Av – which is today – the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av.  This  is the anniversary of the destruction of both King Solomon’s Temple and the Second Temple by the Romans in Jerusalem.)

9z Job_0002The book was written by Richard Grey (1696-1771), an English cleric and author, who was the archdeacon of Bedford.  It has a Latin dedication and introduction.  The text is in un-pointed Hebrew (no vowels), with a Latin translation, Latin commentary and a rather interesting transliteration of the Hebrew.

Richard Grey had previously written A New and Easy Method of Learning Hebrew without points in 1739.  In those days, Hebrew was regarded as a classical language, along with Latin and Greek, for scholarship.





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