The Art and Craft of Jewish Collecting
Dealings in the Higher "Junk"
I imagine that I must own one of the most preposterous collections of miscellaneous Jewish junk to be found anywhere in the world today in private hands. I have over three hundred manuscripts, dozens of Chanukah lamps, a boxful of ancient coins, a sprinkling of bookplates, scores of illuminated marriage contracts, hundreds of engravings and caricatures, a good amount of domestic and synagogal silver and embroidery, some nice pewter—and just about enough space left over for my wife to be able to squeeze herself into the house when it is absolutely necessary. And I’ve managed it all on an income which, I must say, is regrettably exiguous.
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