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Detailed record for Additional 19944

Title Festival prayer book (mahzor), Italian rite, volume 1
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date 1441
Language Hebrew, Aramaic
Script Italian semi-cursive script, partially punctuated, Ashkenazi square script, partially punctuated
Scribe Isaac ben Obadiah ben David of Forli (Gaio di Servadio), active in Florence 1441- c. 1470.
Artists Zanobi Strozzi
Decoration 17 initial-word panels decorated with floral borders, which sometimes inhabited by putti and birds, in colours and gold (ff. 4, 71v, 112, 112v, 113, 113v, 114, 114v, 115, 115v, 116, 117v, 121v, 124, 127v, 131v, 137). Numerous initial-word panels decorated with pen-flourishing, in blue and red ink. 1 micrography (f. 18v).
Dimensions in mm 340 x 235 (215 x 140)
Official foliation ff. 197 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Collation 21 quires: i4-1 (ff. 1-3), ii6 (ff. 4-9), iii10 (ff. 10-19), iv10 (ff. 20-29), v10 (ff. 30-39), vi10 (ff. 40-49), vii10 (ff. 50-59), viii10 (ff. 60-69), ix10 (ff. 70-79), x10 (ff. 80-89), xi10 (ff. 90-99), xii10 (ff. 100-109), xiii10 (ff. 110-119), xiv10 (ff. 120-129), xv10 (ff. 130-139), xvi10 (ff. 140-149), xvii10 (ff. 150-159), xviii10 (ff. 160-169), xix10 (ff. 170-179), xx10 (ff. 180-189), xxi10-2 (ff. 190-197). Catchwords.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Dark brown leather.
Provenance Jacob ben Solomon: inscribed with his name (f. 1).
Marchion: inscribed with his name (ff. 17, 190v, 191).
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): pruchased from him on 12 August 1854: inscribed (f. [198v]).
Notes Festival prayer book in two volumes: Add 19944 (Vol 1) and Add 19945 (Vol 2). Ruling is visible.
Select bibliography George Margoliouth, 'A Florentine Service-Book at the British Museum' Jewish Quarterly Review, 16 (1903), 73-97.

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. 626.

Therese and Mendel Metzger, Jewish Life in the Middle Ages: Illuminated Hebrew Manuscripts of the Thirteenth to the Sixteenth Centuries (New York: Alpine Fine Arts Collection, 1982), p. 304.

Mendel Metzger, 'Two Centuries (13th-14th) of Hebrew Manuscript Ilumination in Italy', in Die Juden in ihrer Mittelalterlichen Umwelt, ed. by Alfred Ebenbauer and Klaus Zatloukal (Vienna: Böhnlau, 1991), pp. 131-50 (pp. 136-37).

Nurit Pasternak, 'A Meeting Point of Hebrew and Latin Manuscript Production: a Fifteenth Century Florentine Hebrew Scribe, Isaac ben Obadia of Forli', Scrittura e civilta, 25 (2001), 185-200.

Nurit Pasternak, 'Hebrew Hand-Written Books as Testimonies to Christian-Jewish Contacts in Quattrocento Florence', in L'interculturalita dell'ebraismo a cura di Mauro Perani (Ravenna: Longo, 2004), pp. 161-71 (pp. 167-68).

Malachi Bet-Arie, 'How Scribes Disclosed their Names in Hebrew Manuscripts', in Omnia in Eo: Studies on Jewish Books and Libraries in Honour of Adri Offenberg, Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana in Amsterdam ed. by Irene Zwiep (Leuven: Peeters, 2006), pp. 144-57 (p. 156).

Ilana Tahan, Hebrew Manuscripts: The Power of Script and Image (London, British Library, 2007), pp. 80-81.

Nurit Pasternak, Together and Apart: Hebrew Manuscripts as Testimonies to Encounters of Jews and Christians in Fifteenth-century Florence : the Makings, the Clients, Censorship [Hebrew] (Thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy to the Senate of the Hebrew University, 2009), pp. 235-38.


Images
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Decorated initial-word panel

f. 4
Decorated initial-word panel
Menorah

f. 18v
Menorah
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 46v
Decorated initial-word panels
 
Pen-flourishing

f. 46v
Pen-flourishing
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 71v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 71v
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 112
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 113v
Decorated initial-word panels

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