Who was collecting Hebrew books in the capital of Russian Empire and why

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By the beginning of the 20th century a unique collection of Hebrew manuscripts (more than 20000 units) and first printed books was formed in the capital of the Russian Empire. These books ended up in St. Petersburg as part of several private collections, such as the collection of a Protestant paleographer and Biblical scholar Konstantin von Tischendorf, of the Karaite leader Avraam Firkovich, of the Archimandrite Antonin Kapustin, of the Barons Günzburg, of a First Guild merchant Moses Aryeh Leib Friedland and of an Orientalist Professor Daniel Chwolson. The history of these collections and the motives of the collecting activity of their owners are the subject of this article.

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Shimon M. Iakerson

Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, Russian Academy of Sciences

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Email: shiakerson@yandex.ru

Dr. Sci. (History), Leading Researcher of the Department of Middle Eastern and Near Eastern Studies, IOM RAS

Russian Federation, Dvortsovaia naberezhnaia 18, St. Petersburg, 191186

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