Page 47 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 27

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in 1884 by Tobiah ben J. M. Salomon of Jerusalem in a 3i/g by
2% inch book called Sefer Yerushalayim. This little volume of 54
pages contains detailed historical descriptions of the Holy City,
including some of its famous buildings and ancient sites. It is
illustrated with ten charming engravings, some of considerable
historical value because they reproduce two edifices, the so-called
New Synagogue and the Tiferet Israel Synagogue, which were
destroyed after 1948.
Even from behind the Iron Curtain, where very little is being
done in the production of Hebrew books, a lone voice may soon
be heard. The writer has a recent letter from a Mr. Jeno Vertes,
a printer and publisher of miniature books in Budapest, announc­
ing his plans “to make next year an ‘Eszter Book’ with Hebrew
script. It will be about 3 by 4 cm.” Let us hope his plans will
be carried out successfully “according to the law; none compelling”
to the contrary.
Now that current booksellers’ catalogues are offering a number
of Hebrew miniatures recently published in Israel and in the
United States, one may ask: What of the future? A business
magazine devoted an article not long ago to the subject of mini­
printing:
LASER System Can Record 44 Pages of Text in a
Space No Bigger Than a Pinhead
Imagine being able to record 44 pages of text on an area the
size of the head of a pin. That’s the promise of a Laser
recording system announced last week by Precision Instrument
Co. of Palo Alto. The system, trademarked Unicorn, can store
the total contents of the Library of Congress on four 2,400 ft.
reels of tape.
Every Jew will shortly be able to possess on a single small reel
the Talmud, the Zohar, all the midrashim, commentaries, Hebrew
belles lettres, and the great monumental religious, literary and
scholarly pyramids constructed by Jewish genius. There is only one
obstacle, however; the computer required to scan the tape and print
the required pages will cost $250,000.00.