4 08 2009

The problem with being a book collector (of sorts) in a city like Jerusalem, is that desirable tomes are practically falling off the shelves and there are only so many that I can possibly seize. Rather than leave the country with innumerable books at bargain prices, I decided to set myself a $500AUS budget and pick a few really good ones. That would have worked fine, had I the willpower to wait until right before leaving and then grab some books. Instead, having started the trip by buying some really good books straight away, I am already well over budget and have still not scratched my itch.

So far, the only book that is really worth writing home about is the Hebrew University’s (utterly gorgeous) facsimile publication of the Aleppo Codex (the כתר ארם צובה). For that little beauty, I had to pay 2600NIS (including shipping), which came to $800AUS. Needless to say, that has pushed me well over my proposed budget and is an excellent indication as to why I cannot be trusted with money. In the meantime, I have also found a very beautiful 1400NIS ($430AUS) Biblia Hebraica from the middle of the 18th century, and I am currently working out whether or not I can conceivably afford it.

To the accumulation of books, there is no end.




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