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okee and more than a score o f o the r major and m inor languages
and dialects — Bibles p rin ted from all over the world almost
from the inception o f printing. T h e re are Bibles in Latin from
the time o f Cromwell, Bibles p rin ted in French from long before
the dawning o f the revolution. Scattered among the Bibles,
many o f which date from the sixteenth century, are a Latin
Bible prin ted in double columns from 1510, the Bomberg rab ­
binic Bible p rin ted in Venice, dated 1524-5, the Baskett folio
Bible with titles in red and black and ru led th roughou t in red ,
prin ted in London in 1753, among many o the r comparable
works. Among the oversized editions stands a large folio o f
O rigen ’s
Hexapla,
with the Bible in six parallel columns, each
a translation into a d iffe ren t language.
Th e Maslan collection is the p roduc t o f one collector, Dr.
Benjamin Maslan o f Seattle, Washington. T h roughou t his life
Dr. Maslan compiled an eclectic collection, including both He­
brew Bibles and New Testaments, as well as some hymnals and
Psalmodies.
BROAD SCOPE
As the library’s budget grew, so did the range o f holdings.
Dr. Shub decided early on that the library would not restrict
itself to Judaica. Dr. Shub began to o rde r books in the hum an ­
ities. Almost from its inception, patrons o f the Ostrow library
were able to Find a high toned bestseller on the shelves as well
as the latest work in rabbinic thought.
With all o f the helpful donations, the demands o f fund ing
a Judaica library were still great. Those demands grew with
the beginning o f the Lee College in 1982. Dr. Shub’s original
plan was to have a library which included secular subjects. This
p rogram greatly facilitated the found ing o f the College, and
the plan was now substantially expanded due to the College’s
needs. A full unde rg radua te school requires a library adequate
to suppo rt a fou r year college offering degrees in Psychology,
Business, Judaic studies, L iterature and Business. Collections
in all these areas have grown apace. O f late in o rd e r to keep
up with exploding publications in these fields, the library has
au tom ated acquisitions and has taken on a vendor, providing
him with an extensive profile o f ou r growing needs.
We were particularly fo r tuna te to be the recipients o f a gen ­