Volume XXVI of the Transactions of the Jewish His? torical Society of England, including Miscellanies Part XI, is presented with pleasure by the Publications Committee of the Society approximately two years after Volume XXV. This, it must be added, is the result of a conscious effort to try to maintain the rhythm of publication established in recent years but which is endangered simply because of financial strin? gency. In common with other learned and literary societies nowadays, the JHSE feels the strain of meet? ing higher printing, publishing, and postal costs, which all help to push further away the cherished goal of a volume of Transactions every year. Gratitude must therefore be expressed warmly to all those members who, understanding the circumstances, last year loyally accepted the imperative need for a higher annual subscription after many years without an in? crease.
number of kind donors have indeed attracted our further grateful thanks for subsidies (from which of course the whole membership benefits) to the Society's Publications Fund. Among them are Mr. J. Barnett, Mr. Alfred Rubens, Dr. Leonard Simons, and Mr. Mesod Benady; and a further grant has been kindly made by the British Academy towards the preparation of the next volume of the Exchequer of the Jews. We make no apology, however?in fact, we might even be introducing a much-needed neologism into the language by asking for more generous 'fairy godpersons' to come forward with donations to the Publications Fund.
There are in the pipeline a number of publications which are of great significance to Anglo-Jewish and general Jewish history, but which languish for lack of the financial 'oil' to ease their way: for example, two further volumes in the series of Plea Rolls of the Exche? quer of the Jews, one a completed thesis and translation, with introduction, by the late Dr. Sarah Cohen, and the other a transcription from manuscripts in the Pub? lic Records office now completed by Mr. Paul Brand. Scholarly research of this kind is unexpectedly reveal? ing how much more important in English and Jewish history was the part played in affairs by medieval English Jewry, a group which at one time tended to be popularly written off as of little account.
A work whose appearance we have long looked forward to and encouraged is Dr. Gedalia Yogev's Diamonds and Coral: Anglo-Dutch Jews and 18th-century trade. It has now, through the intervention of Dr. Aubrey Newman, President of theJHSE, been pub? lished by the Leicester University Press, and the Society can offer it at a discount to members.
Copy is already being considered for Transactions XXVII?Miscellanies XII.
The long-hoped-for Cumulative Index to Transac? tions I-XX?Miscellanies I-VI is nearer publication because entries for Part VI of Miscellanies have now been added to the work, and a generous offer of a subsidy towards production was made just as this Preface was being written.
Dr. Aubrey Newman, M.A., D.Phil., F.R.Hist.S., succeeded Mr. Raphael Loewe, M.C., M.A., as President