REFERENCE AND BIBLIOGRAPHY. One of the pleasures of a visit to the private Valmadonna Trust Library in London – apart from spending time with the rare books – was making use of its reference and bibliographic collection described separately below (209). Virtually every work of Hebrew bibliography, printing history, and library catalogues was here, and one would always discover some new, or old, unknown tool. The Custodian gave almost as much attention to the preservation of these volumes as to the antique and rare books. * * * * * * It was always the hope of the Trust that the Valmadonna Collection in its entirety would go to a national library and remain intact. Auspiciously, a large portion has passed to the National Library in Jerusalem, but the sheer expense and the exigencies of modern librarianship have made the accession of the whole by one institution impossible. The present sale - the last offering of this famous library to the public – gives to bibliophiles and connoisseurs an opportunity to acquire perfect treasures, the likes of which, in all their variety, history and condition, will not be seen again. Brad Sabin Hill Fellow in Wissenschaft des Judentums (Marmorstein Collection) The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester Former Fellow in Hebrew Bibliography Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies