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POZNANSK I ----THE HEBREW UNIVERS ITY PRESS
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II
T
h e
ma i n
d i f f e r e n c e
between our own Press and that of the
university presses of other countries derives from the fact that
whereas the latter operated in countries with a wealth of diversi-
fied scientific publishing organizations, Palestine was in 1929, the
year of the founding of our University Press, an almost virgin
field in respect of scientific publication in Hebrew. In the interval,
conditions have changed for the better. Scientific societies have
been founded, technical periodicals have been launched,
Mosad
Bialik
, which devotes a portion of its activity to scientific pub-
lication, was established; tens of books in almost every field of
science are being published yearly. And even publishers of popular
books are taking a hand in the publication of original scientific
monographs (publication by “Am Oved” of the
History of the
Jews in Christian Spain
by Isaac Fritz Baer may be cited as an
illustration).
When the Hebrew University Press was inaugurated, its activity
was a pioneering one. And even now this Press is called upon and
will continue to be called upon to fulfil functions which no other
publishing firm of Palestine can assume.
III
T
h e
pr i nc i p a l
ta sk s
of the Hebrew University Press are three:
1. Publication of original research by members of the scientific
staff of the Hebrew University;
2. Publication of texts for students of the Hebrew University,
viz. text-books, classical texts, reference books (dictionaries,
etc.);
3. Publication of good popular scientific literature to comple-
ment the adult education activities of the University, an
activity which has grown, particularly in recent years, to
large dimensions.
The policy of the Hebrew University Press is governed by
two principles: Firstly, publication is restricted to Hebrew books,
translations being published only if the original Hebrew text has
already appeared. The second principle lays down priority in
publication for important books for which no publishers can be
found in the commercial market. Our Press does not seek to
achieve monopoly in the field of scientific publication. On the con-
trary, it welcomes the extension of such activity beyond its own
boundaries. But there will always be Hebrew books of a particu-
lar kind, such as original monographs and University textbooks,