Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Hebrew manuscript collection for sale

The Valmadonna Trust is being sold. If you're in New York, go see it on display - details here. I've heard it's breathtaking. The collection includes the manuscript about which this book was written.

Update: NYTimes article here. They pick up on, without emphasizing, one of the special characteristics of the printed book collection - Lunzer's special interest in Hebrew printing in India:
Each shelf is labeled, not with a subject, but with a city or town of origin: Amsterdam, Paris, Leiden, Izmir, Bombay, Cochin, Cremona, Jerusalem, Ferrara, Calcutta, Mantua, Shanghai, Alexandria, Baghdad and on and on.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Lia said...

Thank you for posting this! I'm gonna take my Drisha class to see it. Wish you could come and guide us. Any tips on what I should show them or point out in particular?

3:56 AM  
Blogger manuscriptboy said...

'What distinguishes the Valmadonna library is the wealth of material from seventeenth to nineteenth century Italy' - Benjamin Richler, in his introduction to the Valmadonna catalogue.
There is a Spanish manuscript of Bavli Pesahim which ES Rosenthal wrote a monograph about. 32 volumes of the second edition of R. Yitzhak Lampronti's halakhic encyclopedia, Pahad Yitzhak (in the author's handwriting).

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Lia said...

AMAZING! Went today and got a guided tour from David Wachtel. It was THE. COOLEST. EVER. (Obviously I'm using "cool" in a loose way, but whatever.) Thank you so much for this link. There are a ton of things about the exhibit that I completely didn't expect, like blue and greek books, newspaper printings from Amsterdam announcing, for instance, the new Jewish king Shabbtai Zvi, poems and beautiful calligraphy and artistry, and the feeling you get from standing in a room filled with centuries-old books from all of the world. And a ton more. The curators did a staggeringly good job of laying things out and arranging the exhibit. Everyone should go! It's a terrible shame that it's on display for so short a time.

4:11 AM  
Blogger Chortkov said...

it was, indeed, fantastic. I too took part in David's walking tour. they even allowed for picture taking. i am taking my 7 year-old son to see this as it is a once-in-a lifetime event.

7:59 PM  
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10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm in jordan a friend of mine found some scrolls written in hebrew in some cave
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1:29 AM  

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