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Detailed record for Additional 27029

Title Prayer book, Italian rite
Origin Italy, Central (Bologna or Ferrara)
Date 1501
Language Hebrew
Script Italian semi-cursive and Ashkenazi and Provencal square script, punctuated
Scribe Daniel ben Isaac of Ventura (ff. 1-143) and Abraham ben Mordechai Farissol (ff. 144-182)
Decoration 1 decorated initial-word panel and full border, in colours and gold (f. 1). 1 decorated initial-word panel in gold (f. 14v). 1 initial word in gold (f. 5v). Decorated initial words in ink (ff. 73v, 86v, 136v). Floral decoration around the text, in ink (ff. 9v, 51, 86v, 141v).
Dimensions in mm 145 x 100 (95/90 x 60/55)
Official foliation ff. 182 (+ 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf at the beginning and 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation 18 quires: i10 (ff. 1-10), ii10 (ff. 11-20), iii10 (ff. 21-30), iv10 (ff. 31-40), v10 (ff. 41-50), vi10 (ff. 51-60), vii10 (ff. 61-70), viii10 (ff. 71-80), ix10 (ff. 81-90), x10 (ff. 91-100), xi10 (ff. 101-110), xii10 (ff. 111-120), xiii8 (ff. 121-128), xiv10 (ff. 129-138), xv12 (ff. 139-150), xvi10 (ff. 151-160), xvii10 (ff. 161-170), xviii14-2 (ff. 171-182). Catchwords.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Daniel ben Isaac of Ventura, scribe: inscribed with his name in the colophon, Bologna, [5]261 [1501] (f. 140); the word Daniel is decorated (f. 72v).
Abraham Farissol, scribe: inscribed with his name in the colophon, [5]262 [1502] (f. 182v).
David Marq of Cine bar Abraham: inscribed with his name in the colophon upon the erased name of the patron (f. 182v).
Riqa, the sister of Daniel ben Isaac of Ventura, wife of Eliezer of Rubiqu, first owner: inscribed with her name in the colophon, Bologna, [5]261 [1501] (f. 140).
Dominico Irosolimitano (fl. Last quarter of the 16th century - first quarter of the 17th century), censor: inscribed with his name (f. 182v); see William Popper, The Censorship of Hebrew Books (New York: KTAV Publishing House, 1969), appendix § 62-74.
Giuseppe Almanzi (b. 1801, d. 1860), Italian bibliophile: his manuscript no. 135 (inscribed, f. [185v]); 322 Hebrew manuscripts were acquired from his library through Asher and Co. by the British Museum in 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 Gilt edges. Erasures by censors (e. g., ff. 10, 24v, 25, 31, 94, 135v).
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. 22 (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), II, no. 623.

Edna Engel, 'Abraham Ben Mordecai Farissol: Sephardi Tradition of Book Making in Northern Italy of the Renaissance Period', Jewish Art, 18 (1992), 148-67 (pp. 165-66).

Colette Sirat, Hebrew Manuscripts of the Middle Ages (Cambridge: University Press, 2008), p. 185.

Michael Riegler and Judith R. Baskin, '"May the Writer be Strong": Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts Copied by and For Women', Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies and Gender Studies, 16 (2008), 9-28 (p. 27).


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Decorated initial-word panel

f. 1
Decorated initial-word panel
Initial-word panel

f. 1
Initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 14v
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Floral decoration

f. 141v
Floral decoration

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