In 1954 and 1958 the John Rylands Library acquired a significant portion of the
library of Dr Moses Gaster (1856–1939). As a scholar and bibliophile, Gaster
collected manuscripts, printed books, pamphlets and amulets. His collection
reflects his wide ranging interests: philology (including Romanian language,
folklore and literature), Judaica, magic and mysticism, and Samaritan studies.
This article presents a survey of the varied Rylands Gaster collection. It
includes an inventory of the miscellaneous manuscript sequence, a complete
handlist of Gaster‘s German manuscripts and an introduction to the archival