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CRYSTAL, ELLENBOGEN / AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
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with language, literature , and history and all Yiddish literature
regardless o f place o f publication; also acquired fo r the Lehmann
Library are all Israeli titles on the social sciences, particularly
those dealing with the politics o f the Middle East and Israel.
HEBREW RARITIES
T he Rare Book and Manuscript Library contains over 1,000 o f
the earliest or most im po r tan t o f the Hebrew books in the Colum­
bia collection. Included he re are twenty-eight incunabula as well
as books p r in ted by the Soncino family, Bomberg, di Gara,
Zanetti, Bragadini, and others, and many from such places as
Constan tinop le, Prague, Crackow, Riva di T ren to , Mantua,
Bologna, Venice, Padua, etc.
Also housed in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library is the
Spinoza Collection. This collection, which was purchased for
Columbia in 1947 by Simon Milner, Mrs. Thomas Lamont, Cor­
liss Lamont and Christian Zabriskie, consists o f over 3,900 vol­
umes by and about Baruch Spinoza. It was formed by a union o f
the private collections o f Adolph S. Oko, formerly librarian o f
Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, and Dr. Carl Gebhart. Oko’s
The Spinoza Bibliography
(Boston, G.K. Hall, 1964) is a classified list
o f the collection. Columbia also holds a collection o f app rox ­
imately 600 items o f correspondence from the files o f Oko and
G ebhard t relating to Spinoza and the collection.
Scholars wishing to know more about Columbia’s manuscript
collection should consult Dr. Isaac M endelsohn’s
Descriptive
Catalogue o f Semitic Manuscripts (mostly Hebrew) in the Libraries o f
Columbia University
(available th rough University Microfilms, Ann
Arbor, Michigan). Microfilm copies o f more than ha lf o f the most
im po rtan t manuscripts are available to scholars th rough the Insti­
tute o f Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts o f the Jewish National
and University Library. T he Jewish Division o f the New York
Public Library also has a series o f microfilms o f a smaller selection
o f manuscripts from the collection. Books and manuscripts are
available at Columbia to qualified scholars who should make
application in advance o f visiting by writing to the Librarian for
Rare Books and Manuscripts (Columbia University Libraries, 801
Butler Library, New York 10027).