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Classical Image from Tashbets

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Title

Classical Image from Tashbets

Description

Like many 16th century printers of Hebrew books, Ṿitsentso Ḳonṭi (also Vincenzo Conti) of Cremona, Italy was a Christian who employed Jewish assistants. On this copy of Sefer Tashbets, Ḳonṭi employed a particularly elaborate printer's device, featuring a helmeted woman, an open book in her left hand, in her right hand a small man bearing a laurel. Below is a lion, and below that, water flows from a large jar beside a crowned figure (perhaps a river god).

The book is undated, but the ornate printer's device helps us approximate the year of publication. This device was used by Conti on only three books, and we know the other two were published in 1556.

Source

Sefer Tashbets.

Publisher

Cremona : Ṿitsentso Ḳonṭi

Date

ca. 1556-1561

Rights

Digital Image: Washington University in Saint Louis

Collection

Citation

“Classical Image from Tashbets,” WUSTL Digital Gateway Image Collections & Exhibitions, accessed December 17, 2017, http://omeka.wustl.edu/omeka/items/show/7011.