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Detailed record for Additional 14761

Part 1 ff. 9-151 
Title Haggadah, liturgical poems and biblical readings for Passover (The 'Barcelona Haggadah'), Sephardic rite
Origin Spain, N. E., Catalonia (Barcelona)
Date 2nd quarter of the 14th century, c. 1340
Language Hebrew
Script Sephardi square and semi-cursive script, punctuated
Decoration 30 historiated initial-word panels with biblical, midrashic and ritual scenes (ff. 17v, 18, 19v, 20v, 21v, 24v, 26, 27v, 28, 28v, 30v, 31v, 34, 35v, 36v, 43v, 44, 46, 51v, 53, 54, 59v, 60, 61, 64v, 65v, 66v, 67v, 71v). 15 textual illustrations connected to initial-word panels or placed in the margins (ff. 19v, 24v, 28, 30v, 32v, 34v, 35, 36v, 39v, 40, 43, 49, 55, 62v, 85). 4 inhabited initial-word panels (ff. 29v, 36, 42v, 85), and 8 initial-word panels with pen-flourishing (ff. 16v, 27, 82v, 96v, 137). 15 embellished vertical bands with keywords of the text (ff. 11, 11v, 12, 12v,13, 13v, 14, 14v, 15, 55v, 56, 56v, 57, 57v, 58). Numerous decorated initial-word panels with gold letters and numerous full or partial marginal decorations with foliate inhabited by animals, birds, hybrids. A significant number of the illustrations remained unfinished (e.g. unfinished initial-word panel on f. 15v and the underdrawing of the planned marginal decoration on f. 93). A textual illustration added later (f. 62v).
Dimensions in mm 255 x 190 (125/175 x 100/115)
 
Part 2 ff. 1-8 and ff. 152-161 
Title Liturgical poems for Passover and for Shavuot, Provencal rite
Origin France, S. (Provence or Bas-Languedoc)
Date 2nd half of the 14th century
Language Hebrew
Script Sephardic square, Sephardic semi-cursive, partially punctuated
Decoration Not decorated.
Dimensions in mm 255 x 190 (175/180 x 110/115)
 
Official foliation ff. 161 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 1 flyleaf at the end of the manuscript)
Collation 20 quires mostly of 8 leaves: i8-1 (ff. 2-8), ii8 (ff. 9-16), iii8 (ff. 17-24), iv8 (ff. 25-32), v8 (ff. 33-40), vi8 (ff. 41-48), vii8 (ff. 49-56), viii8 (ff. 57-64), ix8 (ff. 65-72), x8 (ff. 73-80), xi8 (ff. 81-88), xii8 (ff. 89-96), xiii8 (ff. 97-104), xiv8 (ff. 105-112), xv8-1 (ff. 113-119), xvi8 (ff. 120-127), xvii8 (ff. 128-135), xviii8 (ff. 136-143), xix8 (ff. 144-151), xx8 (ff. 152-159), xxi2 (ff. 160-161). On guards.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Mordechai Ottolenghi and Raphael Hayyim Ottolenghi: inscribed with their names (f. 151v).
Shalom Latif of Jerusalem sold the manuscript to Rabbi Moses ben Abraham for 50 gold ducats at Bologna in 5219: inscribed sale entry in Hebrew (1459): 'I, Shalom Lafit, inhabitant of Jerusalem, acknowledge that I have sold the Haggadah to Rabbi Moses son of our teacher Rabbi Abraham for 50 broad gold ducats, and I uncertake to insure him against any contested claims of [ownership] this day, on the second day of the week in the year five thousand and two hundred and nineteen from the Creation of the World which we reckon here in Bologna; and in order that he may have good title and proof, I have signed and accomplished that which I have written' (f.161v).
Luigi da Bologna, a converted Jew working for the Inquisition as censor (active at the end of the sixteenth, beginning of seventeenth century): inscribed with his name as censor: 'Visto per mi Fra Luigi del ordine di San Domenico del 1599' (f. 160). William Popper, The Censorship of Hebrew Books (New York: KTAV Publishing House, 1969), p. 104, and appendix § 112-117.
Yehiel Nahman Foah, 17th-century collector of Hebrew manuscripts and early printed books: inscribed with his name (ff. 1, 2).
Illegible Hebrew inscriptions (top of f. 1, top of f. 161v).
Livorno Sig. Carissimo Caro: inscribed with his name, a later owner(?) (late 18th - early 19th century) (f. [ii verso]).
Entry of the catalogue of Payne and Foss (inscription on a strip of paper pasted on f. [ii verso]).
Purchased by the British Museum from Payne and Foss in 1844 for 10 shillings; no. 123 (9005) in their catalogue (f. [162v]).
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), II, no. 605.

Bezalel Narkiss, Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts (Jerusalem: Encyclopaedia Judaica, 1969), p. 64.

Jaakov Snir, 'Musical Instruments in the Illuminations of the 'Barcelona Haggadah' BM Add. MS 14761', M.A. Thesis, Tel Aviv University, 1978 [Hebrew].

Bezalel Narkiss, Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts in the British Isles: a Catalogue Raisonne´: The Spanish and Portuguese Manuscripts, 2 vols (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982), I, no. 13; II, figs 209-245, pl. LI.

Therese 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), pp. 260, 303.

The Barcelona Haggadah: an Illuminated Passover Compendium from 14th- Century Catalonia in Facsimile (MS British Library Additional 14761)', ed. by Jeremy Schonfield (London: Facsimile Editions, 1992) [full colour facsimile].

Bezalel Narkiss, The Golden Haggadah (London: British Library, 1997), fig. 2.

Marc Michael Epstein, Dreams of Subversion in Medieval Jewish Art and Literature (Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997), p. 128.

Evelyn M. Cohen, 'Three Sephardic Haggadot and a Possible Missing Link', in Jewish Studies in a New Europe; Proceedings of the Fifth Congress of Jewish Studies in Copenhagen 1994, ed. by Ulf Haxen, Hanne Trautner-Kromann and Karen Lisa Goldschmidt Salamon (Copenhagen: Det Kongelige Bibliotek, 1998), pp. 142-51.

María José Cano Pérez, 'Descripción paleográfica de tres "aggadot" judeoespañolas (Barcelona, Sarajevo y J. Rylands)', Annuari de Filologia: Estudis Hebreus i Arameus (2002-2003), 113-20.

Sacred: Books of the Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (London: British Library, 2007), p. 196 [exhibition catalogue].

Ilana Tahan, Hebrew Manuscripts: The Power of Script and Image (London, British Library, 2007), pp. 103-5.

Online Gallery: Sacred Texts (The British Library, 2007):
http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/sacredtexts/barcelona.html (accessed 4 November, 2010).


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Part  1   ff. 9-151
Haggadah, liturgical poems and biblical readings for Passover (The 'Barcelona Haggadah'), Sephardic rite
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Seder table

f. 17v
Seder table
Benediction over wine

f. 18
Benediction over wine
Drinking the first cup

f. 19v
Drinking the first cup
 
YaKeNHaZ

f. 24v
YaKeNHaZ
~Havdalah~

f. 26
Havdalah
~Havdalah~

f. 26
Havdalah
 
Havdalah

f. 26v
Havdalah
The first cup

f. 26v
The first cup
Seder table

f. 28v
Seder table
 
Seder table

f. 28v
Seder table
'We were slaves'

f. 30v
'We were slaves'
Rabbis at Benei Braq

f. 31v
Rabbis at Benei Braq
 
The Wise Son

f. 34
The Wise Son
The Wicked Son

f. 34v
The Wicked Son
The Simple Son

f. 35
The Simple Son
 
Scenes from the life of Abraham

ff. 36v-37
Scenes from the life of Abraham
Abraham and Nimrod

f. 36v
Abraham and Nimrod
The fifth explanation

f. 49v
The fifth explanation
 
Passover lamb

f. 60
Passover lamb
Passover lamb

f. 60
Passover lamb
The unleavened bread

f. 61
The unleavened bread
 
Text page

f. 61v
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Decorated initial-word panel

f. 64
Decorated initial-word panel
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f. 65
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Initial-word panel

f. 65v
Initial-word panel
Initial-word panel

f. 72
Initial-word panel
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f. 72v
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'Next year in Jerusalem'

f. 88
'Next year in Jerusalem'
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f. 144
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f. 144v
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f. 149
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f. 151
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Ownership inscription

f. 151v
Ownership inscription
 
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f. 152
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f. 153v
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ff. 155, 156v
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ff. 155v-156
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f. 156v
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f. 158
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f. 159v
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f. 160
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Blank folios

ff. 160v-161
Blank folios
 
Purchase note.

f. 161v
Purchase note.

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