The year 2005 marks the centenary of the death of Frederic David Mocatta, a leading figure in the world of Anglo-Jewry and philanthropy, whose extensive library forms the nucleus of UCL Library's world famous Jewish Studies collection.
A celebration of the life of Mocatta will take place in UCL during 2006, in commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the transfer of the Mocatta Library by the Jewish Historical Society in 1906.
Frederic Mocatta was regarded as an outstanding personality, a great scholar and community leader, and above all a man who devoted his life to supporting Jewish learning and encouraging any movement which aimed at spreading the knowledge of Judaism and Jewish history.
Highlights of the collection include two magnificent illuminated manuscripts, an early 14th, possibly late 13th, century Haggadah, and an early 16th century Mahzor, eight incunabula, early editions of Josephus, including a 1486 edition of De Antiquita Judiaca, a collection of extremely rare pamphlets, and the archive of Dr Moses Gaster, Chief Rabbi of the Sephardic Communities of British Jews, which contains over 100,000 items of correspondence covering a vast range of Judaica-related subjects.
The following are images from the Mocatta Library available
in the UCL Digital Collections:
Details from prayer books:
16th century Mahzor;
Haggadah for Passover.
[MS. MOCATTA 1], [MS MOCATTA 2]
Josephus. The Complete Works by Flavius Josephus
Map of Jerusalem, Josephus. The Wars of the Jews
[STRONG ROOM MOCATTA FOLIO A 22.6]
Details of exceptional binding of Dutch Morocco, with gilded, gauffered and painted edges.
[STRONG ROOM MOCATTA QB 12 TAR]
If you have any comments or queries to make about this page,
or if you would like to know about any future exhibitions/events please email
the Special Collections team. Alternatively,
you can write to us at: Special Collections, UCL Library Services, University
College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT.
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Last modified 20 October 2005