Catalogue of Books Printed in the XVth
Century Now in the British Library
BMC Part XIII Hebraica
By Adri K. Offenberg
Hes & De Graaf Publishers
288 pages, Illustrated, 11 ¼” x 15”
The Catalogue of Books Printed in the XVth Century Now in the British Museum (British Library), generally referred to as BMC, is a monument in the history of the book. BMC followed on from the rearrangement of the Museum’s incunabula begun by Robert Proctor on the basis of the comprehensive survey of printing types and presses of the fifteenth century that he had published in 1898 as an ‘Index’ of the incunabula in the Museum and the Bodleian Library.
The Index represented a working-out of the system he had developed for the identification of printers of the incunabula period on the basis of typographical material. The volumes of BMC extend Proctor’s principles by providing full descriptions of the incunabula in the collections of the British Museum and making revisions where necessary. The first part appeared in 1908, prepared by A.W. Pollard after Proctor’s death in 1903. The most recent part was published in 1985.
This volume contains the Hebrew books in the British Library. With 100 copies representing 87 different editions, mostly from the very early presses in Italy and the Iberian Peninsula, the Hebrew incunabula collection is rightly acknowledged to be one of the finest in the world. This collection has been compiled by A.K. Offenberg, former curator of the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana of the Amsterdam University.
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