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In 1839, when he was 74, he transferred half of his press
to his son and sold the other half to a Prague merchant. During
the following decade he continued to print books together with
his son. The press was then sold to the son of Anton Schmid’s
old-time friend from his apprentice days — the same friend
who had been sent together with him by Joseph von Kurzbeck
to learn Hebrew in their youth. A short time before disposing
o f his business Schmid established another press in the city of
Pressburg but this undertaking, which was headed by his son,
was not successful and was sold.
On June 26, 1855, three decades after he was granted the
title of nobleman in recognition of his contributions to Hebrew
printing, Anton Schmid died at the age of 90. Letteris’ conclud­
ing words on this unique figure are worthy of being recalled:
“May he rest in peace and may his soul be bound up in the
bond of life together with the righteous of the nations of the
world. His memory will never perish among us.”
(Translated from the Hebrew)