Treatment FOCUS: Rebinding a Rare Pentateuch
Every treatment project at CCAHA is the result of conversations between client and conservator. Some, like a recent project with the Rosenbach Museum & Library, inspire particularly exciting collaboration.
The Rosenbach brought a rare Hamishah Humshe Torah, or Bologna Pentateuch, as it is more commonly known, to CCAHA for rebinding. The volume, a landmark printing of an Aramaic biblical commentary, was printed in 1482. Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach purchased the Pentateuch in 1924 from a collector in London, whereupon he sold it to another book collector, who promptly resold it. In 1934, ten years after his original purchase, Rosenbach bought the volume again.