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JEW ISH BOOK A N N U A L
from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the three parts of the
14th-century Tripartite Mahzor brought together from Lon­
don, Oxford and Budapest, as well as two parts of a 15th-
century Italian
Mishneh Torah
which have never been seen side
by side in modern times.
The companion volume to the exhibition is intended both
as a catalog of the items on view and as a resource work on
the history of the Hebrew book and manuscript. To this end,
it incorporates twelve essays on various aspects of Hebrew prin t­
ing and manuscripts by a group of leading experts, plus an
extensive bibliography.
As an added attraction, there will concurrently be on view
at the NYPL a travelling exhibit from the Vatican Library that
highlights Hebrew illumination. Entitled “A Visual Testimony:
Judaica from the Vatican Library,” it will include prayer books
and Bible commentaries, as well as secular works on philosophy
and medicine. The illustrated catalog of the exhibit, edited by
Rabbi Philip Hiat, contains essays on the Hebrew book and
manuscript collections in the Vatican Library, as well detailed
entries on the items that are included in the exhibit.
The widespread interest which will undoubtedly be generated
by the treasure-trove of Hebrew literary production that will
be on view at the NYPL, and the educational activity that it
will engender will serve further to enhance the reputation of
the Library and its Jewish Division as unparalleled instruments
for the spread of learning and enlightenment.
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The recent volume
O f Learning and Libraries: The Seminary L i­
brary at One Hundred
(New York: Jewish Theological Seminary,
1988), by Dr. Herman Dicker, contains an interesting Appendix
dealing with the planned sale of Baron David Gunzburg’s Li­
brary to the JTS. Reprinted here is an article by Dr. Michael
Stanislawsky which traces the course of the negotiations that
were held prior to World War I to acquire this valuable col­
lection after the Baron’s death.
The negotiations were completed, a price was agreed upon,
and a contract was drawn up. Dr. Alexander Marx, the then
librarian of the Seminary Library, stood ready in 1914 to travel
to Russia in order to oversee the shipping of the collection,