About Hebrew incunabula
The University Library Frankfurt am Main holds 66 hebrew incunabula. They were donated by Frankfurt Jews towards the end of the 19th and at the beginning of the 20th century.
The first hebrew incunabulum came from the collection of scholar Aron Moses Fuld and was donated by his son in 1867. Others were gifts from the private library of Professor Abraham Berliner in 1899 and from the Wilhelm Carl von Rothschild'schen Stiftung, founded by his wife Freifrau Mathilde von Rothschild in remembrance of him in 1901. The stock grew substantially with the donation of the collection of Abraham Merzbacher in 1903. The incunabulum Inc. hebr. 56 came from Johann Reuchlin’s estate.
The incunabula are singular editions, printed on paper, except one incunabulum (Inc. hebr. 31) that is partially made of parchment.
Use of digital copies
The University Library Frankfurt am Main requests all users of digital copies, in as far as these are cited in publications, to present the Library with a sample copy. If this is not possible then the exact bibliographical reference has to be submitted. This serves other users who can access the information online in the literature catalogue. Please seek to contact us if the following applies:
- When an edition of a complete text is planned.
- When images are to be downloaded to illustrate the publication.
- When facsimiles are planned.