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GOODMAN — LOVE OF BOOKS
Hebrew
on his fiftieth birthday, October 24, 1930, shows his varied
interests represented by symbols: Judaism, by the candelabrum;
scholarship and editing, by the wise owl perched on two books
and holding a quill; playwriting, by the mask; and the movement
for better understanding between Christians and Jews, by clasped
hands.
Dr. Joshua Loth Liebman (1907-1948) received world-wide re-
cognition for his best-seller
Peace of Mind
(New York, 1946). Rabbi
Liebman was an author, teacher and radio preacher. He occupied
the pulpit of Temple Israel, Boston, from 1939 until his untimely
death. His bookplate, effectively executed by Joanne Bauer-
Mayer, is shaped similar to the windows of Temple Israel. In the
center is the head of a bearded Jew, intended to portray Maimon-
ides. Centered on the lower part is an open scroll with the words ץע
ייח□ [Tree of Life] in Liebman’s own handwriting. These Hebrew
words symbolized for Liebman both the Torah and the subject
of his doctoral thesis, a work with this title written by Aaron
ben Elizah, a medieval Jewish philosopher. Beneath the scroll
is the seal of his
alma mater
, the Hebrew Union College, and a bar
of musical notes from “Hear, O Israel.” To the left of the scroll
are two books —
Talmud
and
Guide fo r the Perplexed
— and to
the right the Bible. When Liebman passed away and his widow
had to decide upon a monument for his grave, she selected part of
the design of his bookplate which was carved into the tombstone.
Lazarus Goldschmidt (1871-1950) was noted as an orientalist
and as the translator of the Talmud into German. His book-
plate, designed by himself, shows a grove of fruit trees with a
planter digging a hole for a new sapling. Each tree in it represents
a work which Goldschmidt translated or edited. His famous book
collection was acquired by the Royal Library of Copenhagen,
Denmark.
ON BOOKPLATES OF BIBLIOPHILES
Nehemiah Samuel Libowitz (1861-1939), a businessman, was
a Jewish book collector and authority on Jewish folklore. He was
the author of a number of Hebrew works including
Tene Bikkurim
(“Basket of First Fruits,” Newark, 1893) and
Sepher Shaashuim
(“Book of Delights,” New York, 1927), an anthology of wit,
humor, anecdotes and curiosities selected from Jewish literature.
His love of books found expression in a Hebrew article entitled
“Immortality of the Soul Through Books,” written as a tribute
to Abraham S. Freidus, late chief of the Jewish Division, New
York Public Library. On the occasion of the seventieth anni-
versary of his birthday a booklet was issued in honor of Libowitz