Title page of Joseph Karo's Sefer
Shuljan ha-Panim. Livro llamada en Ladino Meza de
el Alma...printed in Venice.
Ladino Books in the Library of Congress
Originally compiled by Henry V Besso
Revised by Everette Larson and Ralph Tarica
This online version of the bibliography prepared
by Henry V. Besso and published by the Hispanic Foundation
of the Library of Congress in 1964, has been updated with
approximately 200 additional titles recently identified in
the collections of the Hebraic Section and in the general
collections of the Library of Congress. In addition the guide
contains links to the title pages of the cited resources in
the vernacular script, standardized subject and name headings
to facilitate searching for related resources in the Library
of Congress catalog, and the Ya'ari number for those resources
also cited in that seminal work on Ladino publications in
the Jewish National and University Library (Jerusalem). In
addition, location information for the resources, which are
included in several collections in the Library of Congress,
is also provided.
This online version was produced under the auspices of the
Advisory Team (BEAT) of the Library of Congress as part
of the BeCites+
Project in 2003-2008.
A note on the Romanization of the Hebrew script: In 2005,
the Library of Congress approved a Romanization
Table for Ladino which we do not use in this project.
Romanization has the task of representing each character from
one script to another. This often presents spellings of words
which are felt by the Ladino speaking population as strange
and unfamiliar. Couple this with the need of search engines
in the online world to have a uniform spelling for search
purposes and the result is confusion if a system is not universally
accepted. For example, the word agua
would be Romanized as agwah to represent
the individual characters.