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Detailed record for Additional 15283

Title Pentateuch, Haftarot and the Five Scrolls (Hamesh megillot)
Origin Portugal, Central (Lisbon)
Date Last quarter of the 15th century
Language Hebrew
Script African Sephardi semi-cursive script, punctuated
Decoration 5 frontispieces in colours and gold (ff. 1, 48v, 88, 114v, 152). 4 decorated initial-word panels in colours and gold (f. 242v, 248v, 255, 258v). 1 embellished panel in colours and gold (f. 245v). 1 embellished panel with pen-flourishing, in mauve ink (f. 42).
Dimensions in mm 195 x 140 (120 x 85)
Official foliation ff. 265 (+ 4 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 4 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves and an unfoliated parchment flyleaf at the end); f. 1 is a foliated parchment flyleaf
Collation 33 quires: i-x8 (ff. 2-81), xi6 (ff. 82-87), xii-xxxii8 (ff. 88-255), xxxiiiten (ff. 256-265).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance English description of the manuscript (f. [v]).
Prince Augustus Frederick (b. 1773, d. 1843), duke of Sussex: his armorial book-plate (inside back cover); his sale 2 August 1844, lot 315: inscribed (f. [266v]), purchased by the British Museum by Frederick Madden for 37.
Notes Hair side and flesh side are distinguishable. Folio 185 is a later reconstruction. 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. 84.

Gabrielle Sed-Rajna, Manuscrits hebreux de Lisbonne (Paris: Centre National de la Recherche Scentifique, 1970), pp. 74-75.

Lisbon Bible: 1482. British Library Or. 2626, introduction by Gabrielle Sed-Rajna (Tel Aviv: Nahar Miskal, 1988), pp. 16-17 [facsimile edition].

Sacred: Books of the Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (London: British Library, 2007), p. 40 [exhibition catalogue].

Ilana Tahan, Hebrew Manuscripts: The Power of Script and Image (London, British Library, 2007), pp. 66-67.


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Frontispiece

f. 2
Frontispiece
Frontispiece

f. 48v
Frontispiece
Frontispiece

f. 88
Frontispiece
 
Frontispiece

f. 114v
Frontispiece
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 242v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 242v
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 258v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 258v
Decorated initial-word panel

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