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Jacob M. Lowy Collection

Photograph: Incunabula, Hebraica & Judaica Exhibition CataloguePhotograph: Incunabula, Hebraica & Judaica Exhibition Catalogue

Incunabula, Hebraica & Judaica Exhibition Catalogue

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Readily accessible to researchers and visitors on-site or by appointment.
Telephone 613-995-7960

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The Jacob M. Lowy Collection consists of old and rare Hebraica and Judaica comprising 4000 volumes from the 15th to the 20th century, including 34 Hebrew and Latin incunables, over 120 editions of bibles in many languages and numerous editions of the works of the first century historian Josephus. Very strong in its holdings of Italian Hebraica, the Collection is also rich in examples of Hebrew printing emanating from Spain to the Orient. The intellectual scope of the Collection spans religious, scientific, historical and philological thought of five centuries. A further 1500 volumes focusing on the origin, spread and collecting of printed and manuscript Hebraica and Judaica form the monographic core of the Lowy reference collection. Also available are numerous institutional and exhibition catalogues, bibliographical journals and the classic Judaic encyclopedias.

The Saul Hayes Collection of 200 original manuscripts in Hebrew and other Jewish languages is also located in the Jacob M. Lowy Room, along with microform holdings of the manuscript collections of selected European institutions.

This non-circulating collection may be consulted in the Jacob M. Lowy Room. Upon arrival at the National Library of Canada, please call 995-7960 from the security desk in the lobby, and the curator of the collection will accompany you to the Jacob M. Lowy Room.

The general stacks of the National Library also contain non-rare holdings of both Canadian and foreign Hebraica and Judaica.

Images from the Jacob M. Lowy Collection have been selected for viewing electronically. The exhibition catalogue Incunabula, Hebraica & Judaica (Ottawa, 1981) is available online.

The Friends of Library and Archives Canada
The Council of the Jacob M. Lowy Collection
Links to Sites

Selected links to articles concerning the Jacob M. Lowy Collection, its acquisitions and exhibitions:

A Gift of Books from Holy Blossom Temple

Jerusalem: Historic, Sacred, Celestial: Texts and Images from the Jacob M. Lowy Collection of Rare Hebraica and Judaica

Jerusalem: Historic, Sacred, Celestial: List of Exhibition Items

From Vilna to Mountain Sights Avenue: A Sketch of David Rome's Library

Fiftieth Anniversary of the State of Israel, 1948-1998

No Mystique Necessary

Hebraic Treasures Transform the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec

To contact the Jacob M. Lowy Collection:
Phone: 613-995-7960 / Fax: 819-934-8333 / E-mail: lowy@lac-bac.gc.ca