Welcome to the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts!

The SDBM continuously aggregates and updates observations of pre-modern manuscripts drawn from over 12,000 auction and sales catalogs, inventories, catalogs from institutional and private collections, and other sources that document sales and locations of these books from around the world.

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mfraas started Roseberry's Islamic mss. sale

about 1 month

Large sale of Islamic mss. at Roseberry's in London, 23 April 2018. Un-entered in SDBM. Looking for volunteers! https://auctions.roseberys.co.uk/m/view-auctions/catalog/id/272/

Catalog needs to be entered. See especially lots 13 and 15
https://www.christies.com/valuable-books-and-manuscripts-26890.aspx?saletitle=

Catalog needs to be entered, see especially lots 165 and 169
http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/2017/important-judaica-n09687.html

Entry complete and manuscripts linked. See Source_35017.
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