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Detailed record for Additional 18724

Author Isaac Abravanel
Title Haggadah for Passover with the commentaries of Isaac Abravanel, and an allegorical interpretation of the Passover ordinances
Origin Germany, N. (Hamburg, Altona)
Date 1740
Language Hebrew, Yiddish
Script Ashkenazi punctuated square and unpunctuated semi-cursive script
Scribe Jacob Sofer ben Judah Loeb of Berlin
Artists Jacob Sofer ben Judah Loeb of Berlin
Decoration 1 illustrated title page in colours and gold (f. 1). 18 miniatures in colours and gold (ff. 2v, 6v, 7v, 9, 10, 11v, 12v, 13v, 15v, 16, 16v, 17, 19v, 21, 21v, 34v, 47, 54). 4 historiated initials (ff. 2, 4, 4v). 6 decorated initial-words and initial-word panels in ink and gold (ff. 5, 33, 46, 49, 51v).
Dimensions in mm 230 x 165 (150 x 105)
Official foliation ff. 55 (+ 3 modern and 1 older unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end); f. 55 is a foliated paper flyleaf
Collation 26 quires: i4-2 (ff. 1-2), ii-xii2 (ff. 3-24), xiii4-1 (ff. 25-27), xiv-xvii2 (ff. 28-35), xviii4-1 (ff. 36-38), xix-xxvi2 (ff. 39-54).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather with gold-tooled.
Provenance Jacob Sofer ben Judah Loeb of Berlin, scribe: inscribed with his name on the title page and in the colophon, Hamburg and Altona [5]500 (1740) (ff. 1, 54v).
Zelig Solomon Zalman ha-Kohen of Brandenburg, first owner: inscribed in the colophon, [5]500 (1740) (f. 54v).
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 by the British Museum from him on 12 July 1851: inscribed (f. 55v).
Note by Frederic Madden: 'See another and finer copy of this work in MS Sloane 3173' (f. 55v).
Notes Pricking and ruling are visible. Watermark, f. [iv], of a fleur-de-lis and the monogram 'B. W'. Watermark, f. [56], of the words 'Budgen & Willmott'. The square and semi-cursive scripts are imitations of the Amsterdam letters and Rashi script respectively used in printing.
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. 611.

Iris Fishof, 'Yacob Sofer mi-Berlin: A Portrait of a Jewish Scribe', Israel Museum Journal, 6 (1987), 83-94.

Kurt Schubert, 'Die Weisen von Bne Braq in der Haggadaillustration des 18. Jahrhunderts', Artibus et Historiae, 9 (1988), 71-81 (p. 75).

Emile G. L. Schrijver, 'Be'otiot Amsterdam'. Eighteenth-century Hebrew Manuscript Production in Central Europe: The Case of Jacob ben Judah Leib Shamash', Quaerendo, 20 (1990), 24-62.

Leon Prager and Brad Sabin Hill, 'Yiddish Manuscripts in the British Library', The British Library Journal, 21 (1995), 81-108 (pp. 85-86, 102).

Iris Fishof, JuĻdische Buchmalerei in Hamburg und Altona: zur Geschichte der Illumination hebraĻischer Handschriften im 18. Jahrhundert (Hamburg: Christians, 1999), p. 352.

Ilana Tahan, Hebrew Manuscripts: The Power of Script and Image (London, British Library, 2007), pp. 142-43.


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