The term is now in full swing and we have enjoyed welcoming many new faces to the library. It has been a busy time in the Library, alongside the inductions, and our on-going projects we have also started an intensive process of cataloguing rare books so that they become searchable on SOLO. This enables researchers to search our rare book collection remotely and request books in advance of their visit. The project is in preparation for the 2015 Advanced Seminar to be held in Yarnton: Jewish Books in Amsterdam 1600–‐1850: Authors, Producers, Readers and the Construction of Jewish Worlds January to June 2015. Applications for fellowships close on 8th January 2014. http://www.ochjs.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Jewish-Bks-in-Amsterdam-OSAJS-info.pdf
Highlight from the Copenhagen Rare Books Collection: Epitome thesavri lingvæ sanctæ
Epitome thesavri lingvæ sanctæ (Pagnini, Sante, 1470-, Raphelengius, Franciscus, 1539-1597 ; Moretus, Balthasar, 1574-1641 ; Moretus, Jan, 1576-1618 . ( Antwerp? : Ex Officina Plantiniana Raffelengij: M. D. CXVI )
The Epitome thesavri lingvæ sanctæ was previously owned by Copenhagen (see Ex Libris), but prior to his ownership it was held at Ely Cathedral (See Library Stamp).
The records that are being produced for SOLO contain provenance detail as well as information about binding and the publishing houses that produced it. See this book on SOLO http://solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/primo_library/libweb/action/dlDisplay.do?vid=OXVU1&docId=oxfaleph019581575This month Zsofi and Jane have also spent many hours in the stacks rearranging and moving our archival collections including the Gryn collection, the Copenhagen archive and the Kressel archive. This will improve the time it takes from requesting these materials to them being delivered to the reading Room. For more on these collections: http://www.ochjs.ac.uk/mullerlibrary/collections/
Meanwhile Jane has been cataloguing new acquisitions, and donations including: Alan Mintz, Sanctuary in the Wilderness: A critical Introduction to American Hebrew Poetry (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012). This book is on one of the class reading lists for the Hilary Term taught by Dr Adriana Jacobs, who is the new fellow in Modern Hebrew Literature at the Centre http://www.ochjs.ac.uk/2013/07/fellow-in-modern-hebrew-literature-appointed/ To see the rest of the books on her course search ‘Jacobs Reserve’ on SOLO (select Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies first).
Alan Mintz, Sanctuary in the Wilderness