collection of printed books and manuscripts formed by Frederic
David Mocatta was acquired by the Jewish Historical Society after his death in 1905 and
deposited at University College London. Thanks to generous endowments and
donations the Mocatta Library grew steadily; in 1924 Sir Hermann
Gollancz (1852-1930), on his retirement from the chair of Hebrew,
presented his own important library of the College to be housed as a separate
within the Mocatta Library. This included a collection of tracts on the
Jews in England containing some extremely scarce and valuable items.
The Jewish Studies
Library also encompasses the collections of Sir Moses Montefiore (1784-1885)
and Moses Gaster (1856-1939), as well as the following collections:
In 1924 the Anglo-Judaica from the library of Israel
were added and on the death of Lucien Wolf (1857-1930) his
large library of books, pamphlets and manuscripts which he had bequeathed to
the Jewish Historical Society, was housed with the Mocatta Library. The entire
library was described and catalogued in the revised edition of Jacobs and Wolf’s Bibliotheca
Anglo-Judaica, prepared by Cecil Roth in 1937.
16th and 17th century books are rich in histories, polemical tracts, sermons,
Biblical exegesis, liturgies, service books, grammars and dictionaries,
and cabbalistic texts. Of particular note are the many editions of the
works of the historian Josephus and the Sefer Yosippon of Joseph
Jewish Studies Periodicals includes a full set of the Transactions of the
Jewish Historical Society of England. There is also
a full set of the Jewish Chronicle, which is the oldest Jewish periodical
still in existence, having first appeared in 1841.
Pamphlet Collection: A
large collection of pamphlets is held, covering a wide range of subjects
such as Jewish history, rabbinica, Zionism, and
the State of Israel. They are designated Mocatta Boxed Pamphlets and
are kept in Special Collections.
Anglo-Jewish Pamphlet Collection: This important
collection on microfiche was produced by the Jewish Theological Seminary of
America and contains 442
rare pamphlets, covering Jewish history in England form the late 16th to the
late 19th centuries. A bibliographical list of the collection is held in the
Jewish Studies Library and the microfiches are in Special Collections.
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