Foa, Moses Benjamin

   Italian biblio-phile and bookseller. Living in Reggio neU'Emilia, he supplied books to the ducal library at Modena and became one of the most important booksellers of his day. He wrote a Hebrew grammar and copied several Hebrew manuscripts.

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