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Detailed record for Additional 15252

Title Duke of Sussex Bible with masorah magna and parva
Origin Spain, N. E. (Catalonia)
Date 3rd quarter of the 14th century
Language Hebrew, Aramaic
Script Sephardi square script, punctuated
Decoration Masorah in micrographical design in the lower margins. Decorated parashah signs in mauve, red and gold. Numerous embellished bands with penwork decoration in red and blue.
Dimensions in mm 305 x 220 (200/205 x 150/155) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 477 (+ 1 unfoliated paper and 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaves at the beginning and 2 unfoliated parchment and 1 paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation 60 quires: i-ix8 (ff. 1-72), x8 (ff. 73-75, 75*, 76-79), xi-xiv8 (ff. 80-111), xv4 (ff. 112-115), xvi-xlix8 (ff. 116-467), lx ten (ff. 468-477). Catchwords.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Samuel ben Moses de Medina (b. 1505, d. 1589), Talmudist from Salonica, owner: inscribed with his name in a purchase note (f. 1).
Giovanni Domenico Carretto, Italian censor (active in the first quarter of the 17th century): inscribed with his name, 1618 (f. 477v); see William Popper, The Censorship of Hebrew Books (New York: KTAV Publishing House, 1969), pp. 100-101, and appendix § 80-84.
Birth entries in Spanish of four sons of an unknown family, 1699, 1700, 1702, 1704 (f. 1).
Prince Augustus Frederick (b. 1773, d. 1843), duke of Sussex: his sale 31 July 1844, lot 103: inscribed (f. [478v]), purchased by the British Museum through Thomas Rodd the younger (b. 1796, d. 1849), bookseller for £5.
Notes Ruling is sometimes visible. Flesh side and hair side are distinguishable. Gilt edges.
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. 60.

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. 21; II, figs 328-31.

Bezalel Narkiss, Illuminations from Hebrew Bibles of Leningrad (Jerusalem: The Bialik Institute, 1990), p. 71.

Katrin Kogman-Appel, Jewish Book Art Between Islam and Christianity: the Decoration of Hebrew Bibles in Medieval Spain (Lieden: Brill, 2004), p. 170.

Ilana Tahan, Hebrew Manuscripts: The Power of Script and Image (London, British Library, 2007), p. 130.


Images
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Micrography

ff. 94v-95
Micrography
Micrography

f. 116v
Micrography
Text page

f. 179v
Text page
 
Text page

f. 238
Text page
Decorated panel

f. 302
Decorated panel

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