Book of pressed flowers from the Holy Land, Sibiu Archives

This is the last official post for this stage of our project. Over the next few months we will be finishing the online catalog and preparing for its launch (probably in December or January). However, pending funding, the survey will be extended over the next few years and we’ll be back posting about intriguing, surprising, or just plain amusing discoveries made in the dusty archives of Transylvania and Bukovina and, we hope, inspiring others to explore them too!

This little find, made at the very end of my time in Sibiu, felt like an unexpected parting gift. The slender book is bound in wood and leather and is bilingual in German and Hebrew. One page describes various sites significant to Judaism in Palestine and the opposite page displays carefully arranged designs of pressed flowers. It is not dated but is probably from around the turn of the century.