Biblia Hebraica [Hebrew Bible]

Photograph of 2 volume Biblia Hebraica books dislayed horizontally with spines visible. The books are laid on top of each other within a box. The spines are black with gold writing. The books are against a black background.

Biblia Hebraica [Hebrew Bible]. 1814. Dobson & Fry, Philadelphia. BS715 1814.
Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, Special & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.

The impetus behind the publication of the first Hebrew Bible printed in America came from Jonathan Horowitz, a Dutch Jewish printer. Based on rumors of a growing market for Hebrew print in the New World, Horowitz left Amsterdam in 1812 with his Hebrew type. He constructed his text of the Bible based on Joseph Athius’ famous 1661 edition, and he set about gaining financial support for the printing through a list of New England subscribers. But others were hot on his heels, including several missionary groups. Determined to bring his project in first, Horowitz sold his Hebrew type to the Philadelphia printer William Fry, and his list of subscribers to the book dealer, Thomas Dobson, who saw it through to its successful conclusion.