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Detailed record for Additional 11657

Title Former and Latter Prophets (Neviim)
Origin Italy
Date 14th century
Language Hebrew
Script Ashkenazi square script (punctuated), Italian semi-cursive script (unpunctuated)
Scribe Meshullam
Decoration 2 decorated initial-word panels in architectural structure, in colours and gold (f. 2, 171v). 12 decorated initial-word panels with partial foliate border, in colours and gold (ff. 27, 51, 110v, 213, 266v, 313, 318v, 321, 326v, 327, 329, 332v).
Dimensions in mm 370 x 250 (230 x 130)
Official foliation ff. 333 (+ 3 unfoliated modern and 1 older paper flyleaves at the beginning and 1 unfoliated older and 3 modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation 33 quires: i10 (ff. 1-10), ii10 (ff. 11-20), iii10 (ff. 21-30), iv10 (ff. 31-40), v10 (ff. 41-50), vi10 (ff. 51-60), vii10 (ff. 61-70), viii10 (ff. 71-80), ix10 (ff. 81-90), x10 (ff. 91-100), xi10 (ff. 101-110), xii10 (ff. 111-120), xiii10 (ff. 121-130), xiv10 (ff. 131-140), xv10 (ff. 141-150), xvi10 (ff. 151-160), xvii10 (ff. 161-170), xviii10 (ff. 171-180), xix10 (ff. 181-190), xx10 (ff. 191-200), xxi10 (ff. 201-210), xxii10 (ff. 211-220), xxiii10 (ff. 221-230), xxiv10 (ff. 231-240), xxv10 (ff. 241-250), xxvi10 (ff. 251-260), xxvii10 (ff. 261-270), xxviii10 (ff. 271-280), xxix10 (ff. 281-290), xxx10 (ff. 291-300), xxxi12 (ff. 301-312), xxxii10 (ff. 313-322), xxxiii10+1 (ff. 323-333). Catchwords.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Meshullam, the scribe: written in red in the text ‘Meshullam ha-sofer’ (f. 166).
Inscription in an initial-word panel: 'Yishmael, Nehemiah, Raphael, Hayyim Ottolenghi, Judah Eliezer, Nahman, brothers, sons of Menahem' (f. 110v).
Birth notes, 16th century (f. 1).
Italian inscription: belonged to the Foa Library in Reggio (inside front cover).
Thomas Rodd the younger (b. 1796, d. 1849), bookseller: purchased from him by the British Museum on 21 September 1839: inscribed (f. [334v]).
Select bibliography George Margoliouth, Catalogue of the Hebrew and Samaritan Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1899-1935; vols I-III repr. 1965); IV, Introduction, Indexes, ed. by Jacob Leveen (London: British Museum, 1977), I, no. 125.

The´re`se and Mendel Metzger, Jewish Life in the Middle Ages: Illuminated Hebrew Manuscripts of the Thirteenth to the Sixteenth Centuries (New York: Alpine Fine Arts Collection, 1982), p. 303.

Mendel Metzger, 'Two Centuries (13th-14th) of Hebrew Manuscript Ilumination in Italy', in Die Juden in ihrer Mittelalterlichen Umwelt eds. by Alfred Ebenbauer and Klaus Zatloukal (Vienna: Böhnlau Verlag, 1991), pp. 131-50 (p. 140).

Ilana Tahan, Hebrew Manuscripts: The Power of Script and Image (London, British Library, 2007), pp. 32-33.

Sacred: Books of the Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (London: British Library, 2007), p. 144 [exhibition catalogue].


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Decorated initial-word panel

f. 2
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 27
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 27
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 51
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 51
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 110v
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 110v
Decorated initial-word panel
Bird

f. 110v
Bird
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 171v
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Text page

f. 212v
Text page
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 213
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 266v
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 266v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 318v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 321
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 321
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 327
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 327
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 332v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 332v
Decorated initial-word panel
Bird

f. 332v
Bird
 

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