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Detailed record for Additional 14763

Author Maimonides, Samuel ibn Tibbon, Solomon ibn Gabirol, Aristotle and others
Title Miscellany of philosophical works including e. g. the Guide of the Perplexed by Maimonides in Samuel ibn Tibbon's Hebrew translation (ff. 8v-117), Maimonides' commentary on Pirqei Avot in Samuel ibn Tibbon's Hebrew translation (ff. 117v-138), Pereq Heleq (Maimonides' commentary on Tractate Sanhedrin, ch. 10) in Samuel ibn Tibbon's translation (ff. 139-143v), Tehiyyat ha-metim (The Resurrection of the Dead) by Maimonides (ff. 143v-148), Perush ha-milot ha-zarot (A glossary of foreign terms) by Samuel ibn Tibbon (ff. 148v-160), Keter malkhut (A Crown of Kingship) by Solomon ibn Gabirol (ff. 163v-165v), Aristotle's Meteorology in the translation of Samuel ibn Tibbon (ff. 182v-198), Sefer hathalot ha-nimtzaot (The Book of Principles) by Al-Farabi (ff. 198v-211v), etc.
Origin Italy, Central (Viterbo)
Date 1273
Language Hebrew
Script Italian semi-cursive script, unpunctuated, ff. 3v-7v: Italian cursive script, unpunctuated
Scribe Solomon Yedidiah ben Moses of Rome
Decoration 1 drawing in colours (f. 135). Numerous decorated panels in colours and gold. 13 partial foliate borders in colours and gold (ff. 117v, 163, 166v, 167, 168, 168v, 171v,172v, 174, 198v, 201v, 202v, 212). Numerous decorated initial words decorated in blue and red flourishing. Diagram of the four main winds illustrating Aristotle's Meterology (f. 190v).
Dimensions in mm 280 x 205 (200 x 150)
Official foliation ff. 217 (+ 4 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves, 4 paper leaves with Italian text added, 1 modern paper flyleaf and 1 older paper flyleaf at the beginning and 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end); ff. 1 and 217 are older paper flyleaves
Collation 26 quires: i2 (ff. 2-3), ii4 (ff. 4-7), iii10 (ff. 8-17), iv10 (ff. 18-27), v10 (ff. 28-37), vi10-1 (ff. 38-46), vii10-1 (ff. 47-55), viii10 (ff. 56-65), ix10 (ff. 66-75), x10 (ff. 76-85), xi10 (ff. 86-95), xii10 (ff. 96-105), xiii10 (106-115), xiv10 (ff. 116-125), xv10 (ff. 126-135), xvi10 (ff. 136-145), xvii10 (ff. 146-155), xviii10 (ff. 156-165), xix10 (ff. 166-175), xx4 (ff. 176-179), xxi2 (ff. 180-181), xxii10 (ff. 182-191), xxiii10 (ff. 192-201), xxiv10 (ff. 202-211), xxv2 (ff. 212-213), xxvi2 (ff. 214-215) + f. 216. Catchwords. On guards.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Solomon Yedidiah ben Moses of Rome, the scribe: inscribed with his name in the colophons, Viterbo, 1272 (ff. 117, 148, 160).
Censored by Dominico Irosolomitano, Italian censor (active in the last quarter of the 16th and first quarter of the 17th century): inscribed with his name, 1597 (f. 214v); see William Popper, The Censorship of Hebrew Books (New York: KTAV Publishing House, 1969), p. 61, and appendix § 62-74.
Censored by Giovanni Domenico Carretto, Italian censor (active in the first quarter of the 17th century): inscribed with his name, 1628 (f. 214v); see William Popper, The Censorship of Hebrew Books (New York: KTAV Publishing House, 1969), pp. 100-101, and appendix § 80-84.
Mordechai of Camerino, owner: sold to him in 1506 (f. 2).
Moses ben Israel Jacob, owner: inscribed with his name, undated (f. 2).
Joseph Raphael of Treviso, owner: inscribed with his name, undated (f. 2).
Absolom: his letter and notes in Italian on four Hebrew manuscripts including Add 14763 on four paper leaves prefixed to the beginning of the manuscript, addressed to Rev. Abate Antonio Marsand, Padua, 1827.
Payne & Foss: purchased by the British Museum from them in 1844: inscribed (f. 217v).
Notes Hair and flesh sides are distinguishable. Gilt egdes. Blank folios (ff. 80v, 81, 138v, 166). There is quire numbering in Roman numbers from quire iv.
Censors' erasures (e.g. on ff. 141v, 142). Maniculae in numerous folios (e. g. ff. 19, 26, 27, 28, 31v, 53, 57, 92, 184v, 214).
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), III, no. 904.

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 (pp. 132 and 139).


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Decorated panel

f. 76
Decorated panel
Decorated panels

f. 117
Decorated panels
Decorated panel

f. 117v
Decorated panel
 
Decorated panels

f. 118v
Decorated panels
Initial words

f. 134
Initial words
Division of the Red Sea

f. 135
Division of the Red Sea
 
Division of the Red Sea

f. 135
Division of the Red Sea
Decorated panel

f. 148
Decorated panel
Decorated panel

f. 160
Decorated panel
 
Colophon

f. 160
Colophon
Decorated panel and border

f. 163
Decorated panel and border
Decorated panel

f. 165v
Decorated panel
 
Foliate scroll

f. 167
Foliate scroll
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 167
Decorated initial-word panel
Diagram

f. 190v
Diagram
 
Decorated panel

f. 198
Decorated panel
Decorated panel and border

f. 198v
Decorated panel and border
Partial border

f. 201v
Partial border
 

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