Chamesh Megilos, printed by Anton Schmid, Vienna, 1818 with a long list of subscribers (prenumeranten)

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This book is from my Antique Hebrew Books collection.  It was printed over 200 years ago by Anton Schmid, a prolific printing house in Vienna, Austria.  Anton Schmid was not Jewish but produced excellent quality Hebrew books. 

The Chamesh Megillos are the five books: Song of Songs, The Book of Ruth, The Book of Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and the Book of Esther.  My copy is in its original leather binding with crisp, thick, good quality paper.

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It is here because at the end it has a very interesting long list of subscribers (known as prenumeranten), with their names and the towns that they lived in.  The book starts with three title pages and a frontispiece portrait of David Friedlander, the wealthy and perhaps controversial Jewish industrialist and writer.

It is in Hebrew (of course), but with a translation into German written in Hebrew characters, the explanation of Rashi, and a commentary.

 

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And here is the list of subscribers:

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