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Detailed record for Additional 16577

Title Festival prayer book, Italian rite
Origin Italy
Date 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language Hebrew
Script Italian semi-cursive script, partially punctuated
Decoration 3 frontispieces with initial-word panels and full borders, in colours and gold (ff. 1, 27v, 30v). 1 full-page miniature including the first owner’s inscription (f. 287). Numerous initial-word panels and initial words accompanied with foliate scrolls or floral motifs and sometimes with animals or birds, in colours and gold. 2 pen drawings in the margin (ff. 53, 101v).
Dimensions in mm 325 x 220 (225 x 140)
Official foliation ff. 287 (+ 3 unfoliated modenr paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Collation 29 quires: i-xxviii10 (ff. 1-280), xxixten (ff. 281-286, 286a, 287). Catchwords. Quire numeration on the recto of the first folios in Arabic numbers.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Abraham ben Jacob, first owner: inscribed with his name in an owner's inscription (f. 287v).
Kalonymos Finziim (Panziim?; of the Finzi/ Panzi family?: inscribed with his name in an owner’s inscription, undated (f. 1).
Laurentius Franguellus (fl. until 1596), censor: inscribed with his name, 1575 (f. 286); see William Popper, The Censorship of Hebrew Books (New York: KTAV Publishing House, 1969), p. 78, appendix § 105-110.
Camillo Jaghel, censor: inscribed with his name, 1611 (f. 286); see William Popper, The Censorship of Hebrew Books (New York: KTAV Publishing House, 1969), appendix § 50-56.
Antonio Franc. Enriques, censor (fl. in Urbino): inscribed with his name, 1688 (f. 286); see William Popper, The Censorship of Hebrew Books (New York: KTAV Publishing House, 1969), appendix § 44.
Marginal inscription: an attempt to copy Franguellus' signature (f. 103v).
Acquired by the British Museum in 1847.
Notes Parallel Hebrew foliation. Gilt edges.
Censors’ erasures (e.g., ff. 2, 8v, 154, 155v, 178v, 183)
Hair side and flesh side are distinguishable.
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. 630.

Ilana Tahan, Hebrew Manuscripts: The Power of Script and Image (London, British Library, 2007), pp. 83-85.

Sacred: Books of the Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (London: British Library, 2007), p. 44 [exhibition catalogue].


Images
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Full-page frontispiece

f. 1
Full-page frontispiece
Medallions

f. 1
Medallions
Panther

f. 12v
Panther
 
Panther

f. 12v
Panther
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 13v
Decorated initial-word panels
Frontispiece

f. 27v
Frontispiece
 
Decorated initial words

f. 29v
Decorated initial words
Decorated initial words

f. 29v
Decorated initial words
Monkey

f. 29v
Monkey
 
Full-page frontispiece

f. 30v
Full-page frontispiece
Stork

f. 41v
Stork
Stork

f. 41v
Stork
 
Dragon

f. 44v
Dragon
Dragon

f. 44v
Dragon
Wolf

f. 45v
Wolf
 
Wolf

f. 45v
Wolf
Lion

f. 47
Lion
Lion

f. 47
Lion
 
Sheep

f. 48
Sheep
Sheep

f. 48
Sheep
Foliate scrolls

f. 53
Foliate scrolls
 
Foliate scrolls

f. 53
Foliate scrolls
Bear

f. 59
Bear
Bear

f. 59
Bear
 
Stag

f. 61
Stag
Stag

f. 61
Stag
Lioness

f. 78v
Lioness
 
Lioness

f. 78v
Lioness
Inhabited initial-word panel

f. 177
Inhabited initial-word panel
Inhabited initial-word panel

f. 177
Inhabited initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 188v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 188v
Decorated initial-word panel
Inhabited initial-word panel

f. 260v
Inhabited initial-word panel
 
Owner's inscription

f. 287v
Owner's inscription

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