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collectors' items. Whatever the reason, few collectors specialize in
that genre. Nor are materials pertaining to sects in Jewish history
excessively sought by private collectors.
One final observation. Book collecting, unless engaged in ex-
clusively for profit, can become a source of spiritual delight to all
involved: the collector who buys the books, the bibliographer who
offers guidance, and even the dealer interested solely in a business
transaction. However, the most meaningful satisfaction is achieved
when a collection is ultimately bequeathed to a library. Through
such gifts, Jewish book collectors enrich and add luster to great
depositories of Jewish scholarship. If this essay will inspire one
more such gift, the writer’s humble effort will have served a
worthwhile purpose.