Johann Christoph Wolf
Bibliotheca Hebraea ...
Hamburg & Leipzig
This early bibliography of Hebrew books has remained an indispensable work of reference since it was first published. It lists approximately 10,000 titles in four volumes, organized by author and subject. Wolf was professor of oriental languages at the Hamburg gymnasium, where he had access to the great Oppenheim collection of Jewish literature (now at the Bodleian). He bequeathed his own large library, rich in Hebrew manuscripts, to the city of Hamburg. The frontispiece engraving of an imaginary library is overlooked by a bust of Moses holding the Ten Commandments.
Purchased in 2005 at the Breslauer sale with Grolier Club Library Harper Funds, generously supported by Grolier Club member donations.