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Global Jewish Diaspora
The Global Jewish Diaspora library holdings of The Magnes were created through collecting campaigns in India, North Africa and Central Europe, as well as through donations by Bay Area collectors.
The circa five hundred volumes in this collection include titles published in Hebrew and other languages throughout Europe (Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania and Russia), North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt), the Middle East (Salonika, Izmir, Palestine and the State of Israel), and North America, between the middle of the 16th century until the early 20th century. These holdings include rare imprints not found in either The Bancroft Library or the UC System, or in some cases in any major library on the West Coast.
Amulet for the protection of pregnant women and newborn children [Kochi, Kerala, India, 18th century)
Amulet for the protection of pregnant women and newborn childrenCollected in India (before 1976) Hebrew, Aramaic and Judeo-Spanish, Hebrew square scriptInk on vellum, pasted on stitched ...
Two illustrated Judeo-Persian manuscripts depicting biblical scenes. 85.46.1 and 85.46.2Gift of Chimon Mayeri and Family
On the Main Principles of the Fine Arts and Sciences: Portrait and tribute to Moses Mendelssohn (Germany, 1781-1782)
Über die Haupgrundsätze der schönen Künste un Wissenschaften (On the Main Principles of the Fine Arts and Sciences)Germany, [1781-82]EngravingGift of William P. Wreden75.2, The Magnes Collection ...
Painted manuscript of the Book of Esther, rolled for use on the holiday of Purim. The Hebrew text, in Ashkenazi squared Hebrew script (without Masoretic punctuation), is set in 15-line sections ...
The detailed description of Jewish ceremonial customs by Kirchner, a Jewish convert to Christianity, first published in 1717, was re-edited by the Christian Hebraist, Sebastian Jugendres ...