Jewish Treasures from Oxford Libraries

Edited by Rebecca Abrams & César Merchán-Hamann

Jewish Treasures from Oxford Libraries

Edited by Rebecca Abrams & César Merchán-Hamann

Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

With a foreword by Simon Schama
288 pages | 136 color plates | 9 1/4 x 10 1/4
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9781851245024 Will Publish February 2020 For sale in North America only
Representing four centuries of collecting and a thousand years of Jewish history, this book brings together Hebrew manuscripts and rare books from the Bodleian Library and Oxford colleges. Highlights of the extraordinary collections include a fragment of Maimonides’ autograph draft of the Mishneh Torah, the earliest dated fragment of the Talmud, exquisitely illuminated manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible, stunning festival prayer books, and one of the oldest surviving Jewish seals in England. Lavishly illustrated essays by experts in the field bring these outstanding works to life, exploring the personalities and diverse motivations of their original collectors.
 
Saved for posterity by religious scholarship, intellectual rivalry, and political ambition, these extraordinary collections also detail the consumption and circulation of knowledge across the centuries, forming a social and cultural history of objects moved across borders from person to person. Together, they offer a fascinating journey through Jewish intellectual and social history.
Contents
Foreword Simon Schama Sponsor’s Preface Martin J. Gross Introduction to the Collections César Merchán-Hamann Chapter 1 The Laud Collection Giles Mandelbrote Chapter 2 The Pococke Collection Benjamin Williams Chapter 3 The Huntington Collection César Merchán-Hamann AND Simon Mills Chapter 4 The Kennicott Collection Theo Dunkelgrün Chapter 5 The Canonici Collection Dorit Raines Chapter 6 The Oppenheim Collection Joshua Teplitsky Chapter 7 The Michael Collection Saverio Campanini Chapter 8 The Genizah Collection Nadio Vidro Chapter 9 The College Library Collections Rahel Fronda Conclusion Piet van Boxel Further Reading Notes Contributors Acknowledgments Index
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