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Detailed record for Additional 18684

Author Isaac of Corbeil; Moses of Zürich; Solomon ibn Gabirol
Title Collection of halakhical works: Sefer Mitzwot Qatan ('SeMaQ') by Isaac of Corbeil with the additions of Moses of Zürich (ff. 1-321), Mivhar ha-peninim (Choice of pearls) by Solomon ibn Gabirol with an anonymous commentary (ff. 322-353)
Origin France
Date 1392
Language Hebrew
Script Franco-German semi-cursive script, partially punctuated
Scribe Jacob bar Moses, ff. 1-321. Moses, ff. 322-353.
Decoration 14 marginal drawings in ink next to the catchwords (ff. 8v, 16v, 24v, 32v, 40v, 53v, 61v, 69v, 77v, 85v, 93v 101v, 109v, 117v).
Inhabited initial-word panel in brown ink and red (f. 12). Initial letters with gold (ff. 12, 12v).
Dimensions in mm 325 x 255 (235/230 x 165)
Official foliation ff. 355 (+ 2 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 2 modern unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end); ff. 354-355 are paper flyleaves
Collation 46 quires: i8 (ff. 1-8), ii8 (ff. 9-16), iii8 (ff. 17-24), iv8 (ff. 25-32), v8 (33-40), vi8-1 (41-47), vii4 (ff. 48-51), viii2 (ff. 52-53), ix8 (ff. 54-61), x8 (ff. 62-69), xi8 (ff. 70-77), xii8 (ff. 78-85), xiii8 (ff. 86-93), xiv8 (ff. 94-101), xv8 (ff. 102-109), xvi8 (ff. 110-117), xvii8 (ff. 118-125), xviii8 (ff. 126-133), xix8 (ff. 134-141), xx6 (ff. 142-147), xxi8 (ff. 148-155), xxii8 (ff. 156-163), xxiii8 (ff. 164-171), xxiv8 (ff. 172-179), xxv8 (ff. 180-187), xxvi8 (ff. 188-195), xxvii8 (ff. 196-203), xxviii8 (ff. 204-211), xxix8 (ff. 212-219), xxx8 (ff. 220-227), xxxi8 (ff. 228-235), xxxii8 (ff. 236-243), xxxiii8 (ff. 244-251), xxxiv6 (ff. 252-257), xxxv8 (ff. 258-265), xxxvi8 (ff. 266-273), xxxvii8 (ff. 274-281), xxxviii8 (ff. 282-289), xxxix8 (ff. 290-297), xl8 (ff. 298-305), xli8 (ff. 306-313), xlii8 (ff. 314-321), xliii8 (ff. 322-329), xliv8 (ff. 330-337), xlv8 (ff. 338-345), xlvi8 (ff. 346-353).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600: leather binding that contained clasps.
Provenance Formula of marriage contract: 'according to the custom of the RON communities', (RON probably refers to Regensburg, Würzburg, Nuremberg), 'in 5149 [1389] in the town of Nuremberg', 'R. Mordechai bar Joseph the groom', 'Miss Sherlin bat R. Jacob ha-Levi' (f. 87v).
Jacob bar Moses, the scribe: inscribed with his name in the colophon, 5152 [1392] (f. 321), mentioned in a marginal note (f. 353).
Simeon bar Samuel, the patron: inscribed with his name in the colophon, 5152 [1392] (f. 321).
Moses, the scribe: inscirbed with his name (f. 353).
Eliezer bar Nathan called Lieberman: record of his death, 1540 (f. 352v).
Records of birth of children and death, 15th and 16th centuries (f. 352v-353).
Notes on the expulsions and persecutions of Jews (e.g. Spain, Portugal, Austria) (ff. 352v-353).
Yiddish note (f. 354).
Adolphus Asher (b. 1800, d. 1853), Berlin bookseller and dealer to the British Museum 1841-1853 (see David Paisey, 'Adolphus Asher (1800-1853): Berlin bookseller, anglophile and friend to Panizzi', in The British Library Journal, 23 (1997), 131-53): purchased from him on 24 May 1851: inscribed (f. [356v]).
Notes There is foliation in Hebrew from f. 12 to f. 321 with a break between f. 226 (according to the Hebrew foliation f. 217) and f. 227 (according to the Hebrew foliation f. 264), however, there is no lacuna in the text. Maniculae on ff. 87v, 88, 281. There is a treatise on the calendar on ff. 47v-52 containing a movable chart, Luah ha-zahav (golden table) (f. 52).
Watermark, f. 355, of a crown with a horn, similar to C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: Dictionnaire historique des marques du papier dès leur apparition vers 1282 jusqu'en 1600, A Facsimile of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. by Allan Stevenson, 4 vols (Amsterdam: The Paper Publications Society, 1968), no. 5073 (dated 1569-1570 to Remiremont).
Preface: 'This book is called Zuricher since there was a wise and true man in the town of Zurich and he added hiddushim [novelties] from all the books about all the commandments, and he was called after the name of the town Zurich in the land of Switzerland' (f. 1v).
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. 514.

Nahum Golb, Toldot ha-Yehudim ba-'ir Rouen bi-yemei ha-benayim (Tel Aviv: Devir, 1976).


Images
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Inhabited initial-word panel

f. 12
Inhabited initial-word panel
Inhabited initial-word panel

f. 12
Inhabited initial-word panel
Castle

f. 16v
Castle
 
Devil

f. 24v
Devil
Lion and hybrid

f. 32v
Lion and hybrid
Illustrated catchword

f. 32v
Illustrated catchword
 
Hare hunting

f. 40v
Hare hunting
Illustrated catchword

f. 40v
Illustrated catchword
Cat and dog

f. 53v
Cat and dog
 
Illustrated catchwords

f. 53v
Illustrated catchwords
Man with cup and ~matzah~

f. 61v
Man with cup and matzah
Illustrated catchword

f. 61v
Illustrated catchword
 
Lion with her cubs

f. 69v
Lion with her cubs
Illustrated catchword

f. 69v
Illustrated catchword
Deer and her calf

f. 77v
Deer and her calf
 
Illustrated catchword

f. 77v
Illustrated catchword
Rider

f. 85v
Rider
Coats of arms

f. 93v
Coats of arms
 

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