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GOLD / JUDAICA AND HEBRAICA IN BOOK CATALOGS
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generally, in the furtherance of acquisitions programs. By pub­
lishing its catalog a library extends its constituency. “When
catalogs are printed in book form, they cease to be local tools
and become a part of international bibliographical organiza­
tion.”2
The catalogs to be discussed here fa ll easily into three groups:
traditionally printed book catalogs; card catalogs reproduced in
facsimile; computer-processed book catalogs. This is a technologi­
cally-oriented grouping. Other approaches might be by type
of library or by principle of the catalog’s internal arrangement.
But the technological criterion has been chosen because it is
the most characteristic of the period.
I. Traditionally printed book catologs
A. Private collectors
1. [Sifre Barukh] Catalogue of the books in the B. Strauss
library. Vol. 1: [Ohel Barukh] The B. Strauss library : the
books in Hebrew characters. London, Shapiro, Vallentine
& Co., 1959. 411 , x lvii p.
2. Judaica: a short-title catalogue of the books, pamphlets
and manuscripts relating to the po litical, social and cul­
tura l history of the Jews and to the Jewish question, in
the library of Ludwig Rosenberger. Cincinnati, Hebrew
union college press, 1971. 495 p. (Bibliographica Judaica,
2)
The collections described here reflect the interests o f their
respective owners. The Strauss volume shows strong interest in
rabbinic literature; the Rosenberger collection is predominantly
secular in orientation. The Strauss catalog, as the entry ind i­
cates, lists only a part of the collection, works in Hebrew char­
acters. The Encyclopaedia Judaica, vol. 4, cols. 975-976, states
that the Strauss collection was acquired for Yeshiva University
after the owner’s death in 1962. Both catalogs list manuscript
holdings, thought these do not predominate. The body of the
Strauss catalog is arranged alphabetically in Hebrew by title
and is bound for right to left perusal.
A number of remarkable indexes have been provided. Some
2 Strout, op. cit., p. 2.