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Detailed record for Additional 26970

Author Rabbi Isaac ben Meir of Düren
Title Festival prayer book (ff. 1-167v), Issur we-heter by Rabbi Isaac ben Meir of Düren (ff. 167v-177v), calendar (ff. 179-183), parashiyot (ff. 183v-188), minhagim of R Isaac ben Meir of Düren (ff. 190-196)
Origin Germany
Date 1308-1314
Language Hebrew
Script Ashkenazi square and semi-cursive script, partially punctuated
Decoration 3 inhabited initial words/initial-word panels, in dark brown ink (ff. 50, 87, 106v). 4 decorated initial words, in ink (ff. 55, 60v, 118, 118v). 3 figural drawings in dark brown ink (ff. 6v, 81v, 82). Drawings at the catchwords (ff. 14v, 22v, 30v, 38v, 46v, 54v, 62v, 82v, 90v, 146v, 162v). 1 carmina figurata (f. 74).
Dimensions in mm 225 x 165 (170/165 x 115/110; calendar 185 x 125)
Official foliation ff. 197 (+3 modern unfoliated paper flyleaves and 1 older paper flyleaf at the beginning and at the end)
Collation 16 quires: i5 (ff. 2-6), ii8 (7-14), iii8 (ff. 15-22), iv8 (ff. 23-30), v8 (ff. 31-38), vi8 (ff. 39-46), vii8 (ff. 47-54), viii8 (ff. 55-62), ix8 (ff. 63-70), x4 (ff. 71-74), xi8 (ff. 75-82), xii8 (ff. 83-90), xiii8 (ff. 91-98), xiv8 (ff. 99-106), xv8 (ff. 107-114), xvi8 (ff. 115-122), xvii8 (ff. 123-130), xviii8 (ff. 131-138), xix8 (ff. 139-146), xx8 (ff. 147-154), xxi8 (ff. 155-162), xxii8 (ff. 163-170), xxiii8 (ff. 171-178), xiv6 (ff. 179-184), xv5 (ff. 185-189), xvi8 (ff. 190-197). Catchwords, some of them are decorated.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Date 74 [1314] in an inscription written by the scribe (f. 167v).
Includes a chart of the nineteen-year cycles starting from 1307 (f. 182).
Tekufot (equinoxes and solstices) in the calendar for the period 1308-1335 (ff. 182v-183).
A later addition to the calendar for the period 1352-1370 (f. 178v).
Rabbi Moses ha-Levi: mentioned in an otherwise blurred inscription, 14th or 15th century (f. 178v).
Illegible Hebrew inscriptions (f. 197v).
Inscription: 'Mahzor for Ashkenazi Jews, manuscript on parchment in the year of 68 [1308] of the sixth millenium. Issur we-heter of Rabbi Isaac of Düren, order of tekufot, and Iggul of Rav Nahshon' (17th-18th century) (f. 1).
Giuseppe Almanzi (b. 1801, d. 1860), bibliophile; his manuscript: inscribed (f. [198v]); his library including 322 medieval Hebrew manuscripts were purchased en bloc by the British Museum in October 1865 for £1,000 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 Numerous erasures, presumably by a censor (e.g., ff. 15v, 16, 20, 59v, 75v, 78, 79, 84, 131, 155; entire pages ff. 140v-141).
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), IV, p. 151.


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Dragon, hybrid, eagle

f. 6v
Dragon, hybrid, eagle
Lion

f. 46v
Lion
Inhabited initial word

f. 50
Inhabited initial word
 
Hillel

f. 62v
Hillel
Hillel

f. 62v
Hillel
Dragon

f. 81v
Dragon
 
Inhabited initial word

f. 106v
Inhabited initial word

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