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Detailed record for Additional 26933

Author Nahmanides
Title Commentary on the Pentateuch in an abridged form
Origin Spain or Italy
Date 15th century
Language Hebrew
Script Sephardi semi-cursive script, unpunctuated
Decoration Numerous initial-word panels with penwork decoration and pen-flourishing, sometimes inhabited or accompanied with animals and hybrids in the margins, in red and mauve ink.
Dimensions in mm 145 x 100 (90 x 65)
Official foliation ff. 181 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Collation Quires: i-xviii10 (ff. 1-180), xix2 (ff. 181-[182]). Catchwords.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house
Provenance Alessandro de Caii (?), censor: inscribed with his name, 1589 (?) (f. 181v).
Laurentius Franguellus (fl. until 1596), censor: inscribed with his name, 1575 (f. 181v); see William Popper, The Censorship of Hebrew Books (New York: KTAV Publishing House, 1969), p. 78, appendix § 105-110.
Illegible inscription, probably censor's signature (f. 181v).
Giuseppe Almanzi (b. 1801, d. 1860), Italian bibliophile: his manuscript no. 41: inscribed (ff. [182v], [183v]); 322 Hebrew manuscripts were acquired from his library in October 1865 through 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).
Notes Flesh side and hair side are distinguishable. Ruling is visible.
Select bibliography Samuele Davide Luzzatto, Giuseppe Almanzi, Catalogue de la bibliothèque de littérature hébraïque et orientale de feu Mr Joseph Almanzi (Padua: Antoine Bianchi, 1864), p. 13 (in the Hebrew part).

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. 213.


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Initial-word panel

f. 1v
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f. 6v
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f. 6v
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Initial-word panel

f. 45v
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f. 45v
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f. 46v
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Initial-word panel

f. 46v
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f. 51v
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f. 51v
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Initial-word panel

f. 54
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Dog

f. 54
Dog
Initial-word panel

f. 139
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Initial-word panel

f. 139
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Initial-word panel

f. 175v
Initial-word panel
Initial-word panel

f. 175v
Initial-word panel
 

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