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December 31, 2012 3:02 PM   Subscribe

Can you read Hebrew? Help me out!

I have a book with the publisher and date written in Hebrew, which you can see here. I totally can't read it. Can you?
posted by crazylegs to Writing & Language (5 answers total)
Samuel Molkho is a starting point. Links to him show early 1800s but I can't do the date.
posted by rabidsegue at 3:25 PM on December 31, 2012

The date below the name is 5575, or 1814-1815.
posted by greatgefilte at 3:36 PM on December 31, 2012

Strictly speaking, it says Samuel Molkho is the printer rather than publisher though I imagine those roles weren't as distinct then as now.
posted by Dan Brilliant at 3:49 PM on December 31, 2012

Quick figuring greatgefilte. I get 5575 as well for the year.

I believe the first word of the second line is בדפוס, which means "print." I believe that means that the text describes the printer and publication year.
posted by zachlipton at 3:52 PM on December 31, 2012

Response by poster: Thanks all!
posted by crazylegs at 5:24 PM on December 31, 2012

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