ASHER, ABRAHAM (Adolph ; 1800–1853), bookseller, publisher, and bibliographer. Asher founded the firm of Asher and Co. in 1830 in Berlin, which existed until the Nazi period. His main contribution to Jewish scholarship is his publication of *Benjamin of Tudela'sItinerary, including the text, Asher's English translation, critical notes by himself, L. Zunz, and S.J. Rapoport, and a geographical index (2 vols., 1842; repr., 1927). Steinschneider and Zedner cooperated with Asher in compiling important lists of books and manuscripts. Asher also published bibliographical studies on general subjects.
Th. Keiderling, in: Berlinische Monatsschrift, 8 (1996), 55–60; D. Paisey, in: British Library Journal, 23:2 (1997), 131–53.