New York: American Academy for Jewish Research, 1964-1973. First edition. Hardcover. The "Union Catalog of Hebrew Manuscripts and Their Location" is comprised of two volumes:
- Volume One: Index (1973). Folio. XXXIV, 280pp. Original full green cloth, with gold lettering to spine. Index by Menahem Hayyim Schmelzer; Introduction by Salo Wittmayer Baron, and "Aron Freimann: A Personal Tribute" by Shelomo Dov Goiten. This volume includes a list of frequently used abbreviations; a list of locations, owners of manuscripts, catalogs, and their symbols; and an authoritative index in Roman characters.
- Volume Two (1964). Folio. pp (Title and Preface), 462pp. Original full green cloth, with silver lettering to spine. Preface by Saul Lieberman. This volume contains some 12,000 handwritten cards photo-mechanically reproduced. These cards were prepared over a long period of time by the late Professor Aron Freimann who died before he was able to complete his work and to see it through the press. Freimann's intention was to provide scholars with a complete list of all known manuscripts written in Hebrew characters. The entries on the cards usually include the following information:
1. Hebrew title
2. Author, in German or in English transliteration
3. Subject, in German or in English
4. Location, generally indicated by symbols
The book is arranged by titles and notes the known locations of the manuscripts. Freimann's catalog is based almost solely on secondary material, catalogs, and other printed sources. Many of the sources he used were compiled over a century ago and never revised. The catalog is incomplete, and the locations of some of the manuscripts are no longer valid. Its references to secondary literature about the manuscript or author, however, are valuable to the bibliographer and researcher. Therefore, it remains an important bibliographical resource.
Very minor shelf wear. Binding and interior in overall very good condition. g+ to vg. Item #39864