Davin (David) de Caderousse

(fl. 15th cent)
   French dyer. He was the first Jew to attempt the printing of Hebrew. He lived in Avignon, where he met a Christian goldsmith (Pocop Waldvogel) from Prague. He promised to teach Waldvogel the art of dyeing, in return for which Waldvogel was to give him 27 iron letters of the Hebrew alphabet as well as instruments for printing. This arrangement broke down, and no specimen of the earliest Hebrew printing press has survived.

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  • DAVIN (David) DE CADEROUSSE — (15th century), the first known Jew to attempt hebrew printing . While living in Avignon as a dyer, Davin de Caderousse met a Christian goldsmith from Prague named Procop Waldvogel. In 1446 the two entered into a notarial contract, Davin… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • PRINTING, HEBREW — pre modern period The first mention of Jews in connection with printing is found in Avignon c. 1444 (before Gutenberg) when a Jew, Davin de Caderousse, studied the new craft. The first Hebrew books were printed at least within 35 years after the… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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