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Rare Book Collection, with Items Published in 16th Century Italy, Given to Yeshiva

A rare book collection bequeathed to Yeshiva University by the late Benjamin Rubinovitz, of Brookline, Mass., contains part of the first complete edition of the Talmud and the first book printed in Hebrew with a separate title page, according to Dr. Samuel Belkin, president of Yeshiva University. Mr. Rubinovitz, a bookkeeper and bibliophile, died last January. His bequest was to the university’s Mendel Gottesman library which will house the 43 volume collection of Judaica and Hebraica. Most of the volumes in the gift collection were printed in Italy in the 16th Century.