de Rossi, Giovanni Bernardo
About the author: Marvin J. Heller is the author of Printing the Talmud: A History of the Earliest Printed Editions of the Talmud; Printing the Talmud: A History of the Individual Treatises Printed from 1700 to 1750; Stories for Chanalla; and The Hebrew Book in Saculae XVI. He has also published many articles which have appeared in European Judaism, The Gutenberg-Jahrbuch, The Jewish Quarterly Review, Los Muestros, Quaerendo, Studies in Bibliography and Booklore, Studia Relenthaliana, and Tradition.1999 0-7734-7900-7
Giovanni Bernardo de Rossi’s Dictionary is one of the gems of Hebrew bibliography. It is a bio-bibliographical work on approximately 700 Hebrew authors and their books by an authority on the Hebrew book. De Rossi’s listings are augmented by considerable information and insights over a wide spectrum of Hebrew literature. De Rossi’s work also informs as to translations and the reception of Hebrew books in the surrounding non-Jewish society. First published in Italian in 1802, it was translated into German in 1839 and republished with an index in 1846. This edition is based on the English translation prepared by Mayer Sulzberger (1843-1923) which was never previously published in book form, but serialized in 24 issues of the Occidental from 1867-1869. It is written in an engaging style, and will certainly be of value to libraries, bibliographers, historians, and collectors of Hebraica and Judaica, as well as anyone interested in Jewish history or literature.