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Printers' Mark of Abraham Usque

Printers' mark of Abraham Usque [16th century; born, Portugal - died, Ferrara, Italy (?)]. Printer in Ferrara between 1553 and 1558, and best known for the "Ferrara Bible", the first printing in Spanish of the Bible. Usque's activity was directed towards guiding former Conversos back to Judaism. Usque, himself born and baptized "Duarte Pinel", fled Portugal as a Converso in 1543.

Armillary sphere with streamer in Hebrew bearing Psalm 130, verse 5:
קִוִּיתִי יְהוָה קִוְּתָה נַפְשִׁי וְלִדְבָרוֹ הוֹחָלְתִּי׃
"I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in His word do I hope."

  • Yaari, Abraham, 1899-1966, Hebrew Printers' Marks [in Hebrew: Digle ha-madpisim ha-`ivriyim], no. 22, pp. 14, 133-134, Jerusalem, The Hebrew University Press Association, 1943; reprinted by: Gregg International Publishers, 1971.
  • Encyclopedia Judaica: "Usque, Abraham".