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Abrahams Collection

Collection Details

Abrahams Collection held at University of Cambridge Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

The collection contains items of interest to researchers in Hebrew studies. Notably there are rare editions of religious texts and commentaries printed in Italy and Eastern Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The majority of the publications are nineteenth century books on Jewish history and religion and textual and philosophical commentaries. The contents are about evenly divided between volumes in English and European languages and those in Hebrew.

History and development

The Abrahams collection has been on permanent loan to the Faculty Library from Christ's College since 1953. Israel Abrahams (1858-1925) was a distinguished Rabbinics scholar, a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge and President of the Jewish Historical Society of England. The book collection, though mainly nineteenth century, contains many early and valuable European-printed works from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries on various aspects of Hebrew scholarship, medieval Jewish texts and Jewish history. Nothing has been added after the early twentieth century.


Jewish religious texts and Jewish history.

General arrangement and access regulations

The Abrahams Collection is shelved as a separate entity in the Faculty Library's basement store and the volumes retain their original class-marks. The collection can be used for reference purposes only.

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

Near & Middle East and North Africa.

Languages of material



History, Language, Literature, Religion.

Names relevant to the collection:

Israel Abrahams (1858-1925)

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types


Total size of collection

1,300 volumes

Size of collection - vernacular

600 volumes

Size of collection - western

700 volumes

Collection Management Information

The collection is not being actively developed.

Content date range

1600 to 1900 AD

Collection Catalogue Information


Included in the Departmental and College Libraries catalogue which is part of the Cambridge University Library on-line catalogue

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