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are Chagall’s major masterworks on Biblical themes reproduced
in print in limited editions, each copy autographed by the artist
with a laudatory note. Works by other famous Jewish artists in
Israel, America and France, appropriately decorated to reflect
the author’s style or school, complete this unusual collection.
Ludwig Jesselson in Riversdale, N.Y., includes in his private
library over 400 titles selected with discriminating care for their
artistic forms. In addition to twenty-five rare, beautifully deco-
rated manuscripts, this collection has a number of Megillot, Hag-
gadot,
sidurim,
and
mahzorim
which are known for their artistic
illustrations. A complete set of the first Venice edition of the
Babylonian Talmud, in special binding, lends the Jesselson library
an unusual beauty. It is further heightened by the presence of ten
incunabula and many first editions of outstanding rabbinic titles
from Istanbul, Livorno, and Venice, all in excellent condition and
of fine artistic appearance.
The collection of Jakob Michael of New York City—the largest
private library of Jewish music assembled in the United States—
consisting of approximately 25,000 pieces of notes, manuscripts,
records and tapes, was donated several years ago to the National
Library of the Hebrew University. It is currently used by schol-
ars, cantors, students of Jewish music, and Kol Israel, for broad-
casts of Jewish music.
Rabbi William A. Rosenthal of New York City specializes in
Jewish graphic arts. His collection is made up of the following
parts: prints, engravings, etchings, woodcuts, lithographs of the
last five centuries; books pictorially portraying various areas of
Jewish life in the last three centuries; newspaper and magazine
illustrations from the
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gth century; commemorative medallions
and medals from the 19th and early 20th centuries; paintings and
postcards from the first two decades of the 20th century. “The
collection is extremely large. Many thousands of items . . . Aside
from the principal body of the collection are such areas as photo-
graphs, contemporary clippings, and commercial reproductions of
all subjects, not to mention a creditable specialized collection of
philatelic Judaica. . . . The particular value of the collection is
that it brings together a largely unknown and unstudied area of
Jewish history, religion and culture. The majority of the graphic
items have never been reproduced in secondary works.”
The Badonna Spertus Art Library of Judaica, sponsored by
Maurice Spertus of Highland Park, 111., contains about a thousand
titles in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, German, French, Italian, Rus-
sian and Polish, covering all aspects of Jewish art—archeology,
ceremonial arts, Bible themes, materials about Jewish artists. Mr.