PHILADELPHIA (Sep. 25)
Dropsie College, which has just been raised to university status, will establish a rare book room with a gift from the Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Foundation, it was announced today. The new facility will contain over 5,000 of the rarest books in the field of Hebrew, Talmud, Biblical and Semitic studies, according to Dr. Abraham Katsh, president of the post-graduate institution. Included in the new room are books from the first century of printing to those published in the 17th Century. Also included are hand-written manuscripts that date back 1,200-1,300 years ago. Among the rarest book is the world’s oldest existing Haggadah and the only existing copy remaining of “II Fetha Nagast,” which traces the Ethiopian dynasty back to King Solomon.