It was announced earlier this week by the National Library of Israel that it has acquired the Valmadonna Trust Library:
The National Library of Israel announced today that it has acquired the finest private collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts in the world, the renowned Valmadonna Trust Library, through a private sale arranged by Sotheby’s. The acquisition, made jointly with Archaeology, Books and Judaica collectors Dr. David and Jemima Jeselsohn, will be housed and highlights will go on show in the National Library of Israel’s landmark new building in Jerusalem, designed by award-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, due to open to the public in 2020.
On the face of it, the acquisition isn’t much of a story beyond the world of Judaica and rare book scholars. Until you remember that the first exhibition of the Valmadonna Trust Library caused lines around the block at at Sotheby’s in 2009.Continue Reading