New Catalogue of Hebrew manuscripts in the Vatican Library
June 27, 2008
Benjamin Richler reports (on H-Judaica) that Hebrew Manuscripts in the Vatican Library; Catalogue, compiled by the staff of the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts in the Jewish National and University Library, Jerusalem, edited by Benjamin Richler, paleographical and codicological descriptions by Malachi Beit-Ari? In collaboration with Nurit Pasternak. Citt? del Vaticano, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 2008 (Studi e Testi 438). xxvii + 682 + 66 pp.+ 16 colour plates. The first comprehensive catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts kept in the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. The catalogue, written in English with titles and citations in Hebrew, describes all 803 Hebrew manuscripts found in the Vatican Library before 2007. Previous catalogues written in Latin or Hebrew were either incomplete or very brief. The present catalogue includes detailed descriptions of the contents, detailed palaeographical and codicolological descriptions and transcriptions of colophons and owners' entries. There are indexes of persons (authors, scribes, owners etc.) subjects, place names, other manuscripts mentioned and illuminated manuscripts and, in Hebrew letters, of piyyutim and poems and titles. The history of the collection is included in the historical introduction by Delio Vania Proverbia on pp. xv-xxiii. Orders: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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