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Rare Books:
Among the five hund red volumes housed in the L ibrary’s Spe­
cial Collections are many fine examples o f early Hebrew printing.
The Library owns several works prin ted at the Venetian press of
Daniel Bomberg, including the first (Venice, 1516-17) and the
second (Venice, 1524-25) editions o f the Rabbinic Bible. Many o f
the Library’s sixteenth-century works bear both censors’ inscrip­
tions and physical evidence o f active censorship. Sixteenth-
century centers o f prin ting represen ted include Ferrara,
Sabbionetta, Cremona, Mantua, Basle, Constantinople, Cracow,
and Bologna.
A representative selection o f Passover haggadot is also housed
in the Special Collections. Included in this selection is the
Amsterdam Haggadah o f 1712, with engravings and map exe­
cuted by Abraham ben Jacob; the first haggadah p rin ted in the
United States (New York, 1837); and several notable twentieth-
century illustrated haggadot, including the Budko Haggadah
(Vienna and Berlin, 1921), the S teinhardt Haggadah (Berlin,
1923), and the Geismar Haggadah (Berlin, 1928). A separate rare
books catalog was started in 1977 and currently lists th ree hun ­
dred o f the five hund red rare books owned by the Library.
The archives o f Gratz College consist o f extensive co rrespond­
ence files o f the College dating back to its found ing in 1895, and
minute books o f both the College and the Hebrew Education
Society o f Philadelphia. T he papers o f Dr. Leo Honor, prom i­
nent Jewish educator, are also housed in the archives o f the
College. These materials are especially valuable for the primary
historical information they contain concerning the development
of Jewish education in the United States. Also available to scholars
are the papers o f the “H av ru ta” society and the Philadelphia
branch o f the H istadru t Ivrit, which describes the growth o f the
Hebrew-speaking movement in Philadelphia from 1935 to 1970.
Anti-Semitic tracts, such as the first American edition o f
Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion
(New York, 1920) and T he Dear­
born Ind ep end en t’s
The International Jew
(Dearborn, Michigan,