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Z IPIN /JUDA ICA FROM AMERICAN UNIVERSITY PRESSES
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accounted for 7.9% o f the total Non-Fiction output, the figure
rose to 8.3% in the fifties, to 11.5% in the sixties and to a high o f
12.66% in the seventies. This growth o f market share came at the
expense o f a loss in market share by the Jewish Publication
Soviety and general commercial publishers. Jewish schools,
meanwhile, preserved their market share. The numbers cited,
impressive as they may be, are only part o f the picture. When we
try to analyze specific subject areas inJewish Studies, such asJew­
ish History, Biblical Studies, Jewish Religion, etc., we discover
that in certain fields, University Presses have been moving to­
wards a leading role. In order to delineate these subject areas, I
have tried to analyze bibliographies in the field o f Jewish Studies
to see i f they indicate any clear trend.
REFERENCE WORKS
In volume 20 (1962) o f the Jewish Book Annual, Herbert C.
Zafren published a list o f Jewish Reference Books. O f the total
number o f 148 books in the list, 95 were published in the United
States. O f these only three, or 3.5%, came from University
Presses. Small as this number is, it already marked a great im­
provement over the preceding decades. The American Jewish
Year Book in its survey o f Jewish publishing in volume 49
(1947-1948) does not mention even one book by a University
Press.
Five years after Zafren’s listing o f Jewish Reference Books,
Charles Madison contributed to volume 25 o f the Jewish Book
Annual an article on the growth in the publishing o f Jewish books
by general publishers.10 In that article he mentioned only two
University publishing houses, Rutgers and Harvard. Madison’s
survey does not offer a title-by-title listing and perhaps that ex­
plains why he did not recognize the growing importance o f Uni­
versity Presses. In the same year that this article was published
University Presses were responsible for 10% o f all Non-Fiction
Judaica publications in this country. Joseph L. Blau,1who partici­
pated in the same volume with an article entitled “Scholarly
Works on Jewish Philosophy and Religion,” did recognize the
growing role o f the University Presses; out o f 63 titles mentioned
in his article, 11 are by these publishers, constituting 17.4% o f the
total in that area. He added the following statement to the statis­
tical information: “It can not have escaped notice that many o f