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Title: Bookmarks of the University of Florida Libraries
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Creator: George A. Smathers Libraries
Publisher: George A. Smathers Libraries. University of Florida.
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Volume ID: VID00005
Source Institution: University of Florida
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The Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica

The Judaica Library sends this bookplate with each
new acquisition to the catalog department to be at-
tached after the material has been cataloged. Fulfilling
a contractual agreement, the bookplate inserted in
books purchased from the Mishkin collection also car-
ries the inscription "From the library of Rabbi Leonard
C. Mishkin".

Every element of the design by Becky Gaver is fully
explained by the artist on the following page.

The Isser and Rae Price
Library of Judaica

at the
University of Florida Libraries

Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica
Bookplate Explication

The drawing in the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica book-
plate should be interpreted allegorically. The central concept is
creation, the movement from nothingness to completion, expressed
through symbols which have meaning on several levels simultaneously:
the creation of the world, the creation of Judaism, the creation of
wisdom and knowledge in the individual, and the creation of the library.

The drawing echos the northern Renaissance style, with the trad-
itional black and white floor tiles standing for duality, the separa-
tion of. the light from the darkness, and the beginning. The room
represents the library; it is the known universe, the human condition,
and an image of the human ability to both record and discover knowledge.
Within the room, which is only partially revealed, the table supported
by armadillos and the window sill with its alligator in relief stand for
earth, material reality, and Florida. The seven shelves of books symbolize
the creation of knowledge and the library, and the shelves continuance
out of the picture itself shows hope for the future. The menorah stands
for the six days of creation and the Sabbath, as well as characterizing
a'site where a Jew worships and the religion itself. The window.which;
admits light--a symbol of perfection-- is surrounded by a frame carved
with oranges, orange blossoms, and mockingbirds. While obviously assoc-
iated with Florida, these emblems historically represent the concepts of
perfection, eternal love, and freedom. The Magen David, placed in the
window's keystone, represents mankind's unity with God in the quest for
Truth. The Romanesque windowframe, in itself, stands for order and logic..

The window looks out into infinite space, the unknown, and ultimate
Truth. This Space is broken by a single palm tree, the Florida Sabal
palm. In Hebrew the palm tree is called "Tamar" and it symbolizes the
word of God. The chair and the open book anticipate the Library's user,
as well as the ideal that through study one reaches wisdom.

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