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Archive: 2021 (39 Posts)

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The Second Rabbinic Bible, Venice, 1525: The Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division Celebrates an Important New Acquisition

Posted by: Anchi Hoh

The Hebraic Section of the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division acquired the Second Rabbinic Bible, the Hebrew Bible printed by Daniel Bomberg in Venice, 1525. This is the Bible which preserved for all time the ancient legacy of the Masorah, the great mass of rabbinic tradition that safeguarded the sacred Hebrew text through the millennia.

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Southwest West Meets Northeast in Shoestring Productions: Brazilian Storytelling through Contemporary Woodcuts, Artists’ Books, and Small Press Books

Posted by: Anchi Hoh

Combining work at Arizona State University Library and the Library of Congress, this post discusses contemporary Brazilian woodblocks, chapbooks, and artists books to illuminate contemporary Brazilian reflections on the Canudos War (1896-1897), Black Brazilian heroines, and the important connections between graphic design, poetry and small press publications in Brazil.

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Hanuman, Planets, Princely States, and the “Arabian Nights” in Urdu: Highlights of South Asian Materials from the Library’s International Collections Facebook Page

Posted by: Anchi Hoh

A calligram of the Hindu god Hanuman, an 18th-century Nepalese astrological manuscript, documents from India’s princely states, and a rare edition of the “Arabian Nights” in Urdu are just some of the South Asian highlights from the Library of Congress International Collections Facebook page.

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Reimagining Home: Armenian Memorial Books at the Library of Congress

Posted by: Anchi Hoh

(The following is a post by Khatchig Mouradian, Armenian and Georgian Specialist, Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division.) The destruction of the Ottoman Empire’s Armenian population during World War I severed the connection of survivors and their descendants from their ancestral homes in what is today the Republic of Turkey. Scattered around the …

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PALABRA Archive Launches 50 Previously Unpublished Audio Recordings

Posted by: Anchi Hoh

(The following is a post by Catalina Gómez, Reference Librarian in the Hispanic Reading Room.) The Hispanic Reading Room is happy to announce the release of 50 previously unpublished recordings from the PALABRA Archive for online streaming. Every year, as is tradition, a brand new batch of material from this historic literary collection is made …

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Words like Sapphires: 15th-Century Hebrew Books at the Library of Congress

Posted by: Anchi Hoh

(The following is a post by Ann Brener, Hebraic Specialist, African and Middle Eastern Division.) It was apparently a case of love at first sight. How else to describe those first encounters between the earliest Hebrew printers and that newfangled technology that was spreading across Europe? Already in the first dated Hebrew book, printed in …

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A Fox Fable Goes Digital: Bialik’s Classic Hebrew Story for Children Finds New Life at the Library of Congress

Posted by: Anchi Hoh

The Hebraic Section announces that its collection of Rare Children’s Books and Periodical in Hebrew and Yiddish, 1900-1929 has now been digitized. While some of the titles in this collection are fully accessible online, the greater part is still under copyright and may therefore be viewed only at the library’s campus in Washington, D.C.