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The last notable addition to the collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts was that of the library of Tommaso Valperga di Caluso. The collection, which was acquired between 1809 and 1815, was catalogued by the student Amadeo Peyron in 1820, in collaboration with Giuseppe Vernazza the university librarian, Israel Treves, and Gianantonio Arri: it listed, together with books in other languages, 132 Hebrew books, 42 of which printed, 6 incunables, and 84 manuscripts.
During the nineteenth century only one Hebrew manuscript is recorded as entering the library, besides those donated by Valperga di Caluso: a Megillat Ester acquired by Amadeo Peyron and donated by him to the library in 1815.
Of great importance is the catalogue compiled by Bernardino Peyron in 1880 because it is the last catalogue of Hebrew manuscripts made before the disastrous fire of 1904 that greatly damaged the Hebrew collections: Codices Hebraici manu exarati Regiae Bibliothecae quae in Taurinensi athenaeo asservatur, Romae-Taurini-Florentiae, Fratres Bocca, 1880.
Bernardino Peyron was also responsible for compiling an inventory of the Hebrew printed books, which is unedited and preserved in the library’s deposit with the pressmark R.I.7 (1852-1853): Catalogus librorum Hebraicorum digestus a Bernardino Peyrono annis MDCCCXLII-III.