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Detailed record for Additional 15306

Title Pentateuch with masorah magna and parva
Origin Spain
Date Last quarter of the 14th or 1st quarter of the 15th century
Language Hebrew
Script Sephardi square script, partially punctuated
Decoration Masorah in the margin written in micrographic form. 18 full-page panels of micrographical design (ff. 2v-7, 192-196).
Dimensions in mm 240 x 175 (150 x 105)
Official foliation ff. 196 (+ 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf at the beginning and at the end)
Collation 25 quires: i6 (ff. 2-7), ii-xxiv8 (ff. 8-191), xxvfive (ff. 192-196). Quire numbering at the beginning of each quire.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Crimson velvet binding.
Provenance Petri Arrivabeni: inscribed with his name: ‘Io petri Arriuabeni’, undated (f. 1).
David Isaac Karmi: inscribed with his name in an owner’s inscription, undated (f. 2).
Isaac Cohen ben [ .. .. ] Joshua Cohen, owner: inscribed with his name in an owner’s inscription (f. 2).
Illegible Latin inscription (f. 195v).
Giovanni Domenico Carretto, Italian censor (active in the first quarter of the 17th century): inscribed with his name, 1612 (f. 196); see William Popper, The Censorship of Hebrew Books (New York: KTAV Publishing House, 1969), pp. 100-101, and appendix § 80-84.
Italian inscription: ‘Pentateuco Ebraico ossia li cinque libri di Moise’ (f. 196v).
Prince Augustus Frederick (b. 1773, d. 1843), duke of Sussex: his armorial book-plate, inscribed (inner front cover); his sale 13 August 1844, lot 314: inscribed (f. 1), purchased by the British Museum through Thomas Thorpe bookseller for £20.
Notes Some micrographical motifs are similar to the ones in Harley 5774.
Select bibliography Thomas Joseph Pettigrew, Bibliotheca Sussexiana. A Descriptive Catalogue, Accompanied by Historical and Biographical Notices, of the Manuscripts and Printed Books Contained in the Library of His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, in Kensington Palace, 2 vols (London: Longman, 1827-1839), I, part 1, pp. xvi-xvii.

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. 82.


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ff. 52v-53
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ff. 191v-192
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f. 191v
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f. 192
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f. 194v
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