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rabbinic periodicals in Transylvania (J. J. Cohen); Maimonides'
Epistle to Yemen (J. Dienstag); Maimonides’ Treatise on logic
(J. Dienstag); anti-Christian polemics to the end of the eighteenth
century (J. Rosenthal); Passover Haggadahs (N. Ben-Menahem);
and the poetry of the Constantine mahzor (S. Bernstein). Studies
dealing with the history of Jewish printing include articles on
Manasseh Ben-Israel (C. Roth), Daniel Bomberg (I. Mehlmann),
the printing press of Israel Bak in Safed (M. Benayahu), and ill-
starred books (A. M. Habermann). Manuscripts were also dealt
with; e.g., Geniza fragments in Cambridge libraries (N. Allony);
manuscripts from the library of N. D. Friedman (N. Ben-Mena-
hem ); Hebrew manuscripts in the Ambrosiana (N. Allony and
E. Kupfer); twenty manuscripts from the collection of Mosad
Ha-Rav Kook (N. Ben-Menahem) and a Hebrew translation of
Steinschneider’s
Vorlesungen uber die Kunde hebraischer Hand
-
schriften,
with notes and supplements (A. M. Habermann). Special
mention should be made of an index to
Magyar Zsido Szemle,
the leading journal of Jewish studies in the Hungarian language,
published from 1884 to 1948 (S. Weingarten). The four volumes
of
Areshet
published to-date, each of approximately five hundred
pages, constitute a most significant corpus of research in Jewish
bibliography.
Due to the great increase in the number of Hebrew books pub-
lished in Israel, especially since 1948, there soon became apparent
a need for periodic publications that would be able to inform
people more quickly of new publications as they appeared than
the scholarly journals with their reviews or even
KS
with its lengthy
delays in recording new publications. There also developed the
need for bulletins that would specialize in informing segments
of the reading public of new publications of special interest to
them. Moreover, the development of a sophisticated book trade,
many of whose practitioners came to Palestine in the nineteen-
thirties from Europe with many years of experience as booksellers
and publishers, added to the need for such bibliographic journals
that would assist in the distribution of books, as well as serve as
an organ for the rapidly developing and highly sophisticated book
publishing industry.
Of course, a number of attempts—generally unsuccessful—had
been made to publish such a journal outside Israel to serve the
needs of the Jewish book trade and reading public.
Bibliograph-
ischer Vierteljahrsbericht fur die jildische Literatur
(Leipzig,
1914),
Das jiidische Buch
(Frankfurt am Main, 1931) and
Biblio-
graphie des jiidischen Buches
(Frankfurt am Main, 1934-35), ap-
peared in Germany. Similar attempts had been, and are still being,
made to publish such a bibliographic journal to serve the needs
of the publishers of Judaica in the United States. The most sue-
cessful was
Bloch’s Book Bulletin,
edited by S. Kerstein and pub­
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