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The copy found by Litt is apparently the only one of the two that survived.There is no trace of the book in the only other library where the secondcopy of the book would be likely to exist - the library of the royal house of Holland.Over time, the book was rebound with an ordinary binding of paper pages,one of which is singed along the edge, for unclear reasons. However, thecloth pages are gleaming and elegant even now, 250 years after they wereprinted. The first page is ornamented with the insignia of the royal house,as mentioned in the community registry - the symbol of the House of Orange alongside the Prussian eagle, and above them the words: "Hurrahand joy to the Jews, a voice of joy and thanks is raised in our holy house ...on the day that His Exalted Highness, our Lord the Officer, Chief Ministerof the Armies came to this city with his wife, the scion of the royal house of Prussia, the Prince and Princess of Orange and Nassau." Appearing at the bottom of the page is a large credit to the printing house of Proops, thefamous family of printers, which prepared the books.Several seals can be found on the book that decode at least part of themystery of how the book made its way to the library in Jerusalem. The blue seals note that the book came from the library of Dr. JosephChazanovich. The doctor, who died in Poland in 1919, was a physician,Zionist activist and enthusiastic collector of books. He was among thefounders of the National Library in Jerusalem. His immense book collection became the first cornerstone of the library. How did the book make its way from the possession of the Stadtholder in Amsterdam (or his wife ) to Chazanovich in Poland? There is no answer to that question.The second book, bound in cloth, arrived at the National Library as part of the collection of another collector, Sigmund Seeligmann of Amsterdam.This collection was confiscated by the Nazis during World War II, andfollowing the war made its way to the National Library in Jerusalem. According to the catalogs, another one of the 50 satin-bound psalm booksfound its way to a library in Berlin, but it was evidently lost or burnedduring the war. Appearing on one of the last pages of the clothbound book is ahandwritten sentence, apparently in Dutch. The writer studiously erasedthe words, so much so that Litt is unable to decipher them. "Perhaps theStadtholder wrote his wife something like: 'It is so boring here,'" hesuggests.
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