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Detailed record for Egerton 872

Author Solomon ben Isaac ('Rashi')
Title Commentary on the Pentateuch with the Haftarot (ff. 1-240) on the Five Scrolls (Hamesh megillot; ff. 240v-270), and on the Haftarot for festivals (ff. 270-287v)
Origin Germany
Date 1341
Language Hebrew
Script Ashkenazi semi-cursive script, unpunctuated
Scribe Baruch ben (?) Samuel (the word barukh is marked on ff. 30, 185v, 186v, 226v, 239)
Decoration 1 textual illustration, in brown ink (f. 101), 2 diagrams of the Holy Land (ff. 198-199), 2 decorated initial words, in brown ink (ff. 1, 126), 1 marginal illustration (f. 1).
Dimensions in mm 290 x 225 (205 x 150)
Official foliation ff. 287 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Collation 37 quires: i8-1 (ff. 1-7), ii8 (ff. 8-15), iii8 (ff. 16-23), iv8 (ff. 24-31), v8 (ff. 32-39), vi8 (ff. 40-47), vii8 (ff. 48-55), viii8 (ff. 56-63), ix8 (ff. 64-71), x8 (ff. 72-79), xi8 (ff. 80-87), xii8 (ff. 88-95), xiii8 (ff. 96-103), xiv8 (ff. 104-111), xv8 (ff. 112-119), xvi6 (ff. 120-125), xvii8 (ff. 126-133), xviii8 (ff. 134-141), xix8 (ff. 142-149), xx8 (ff. 150-157), xxi8 (ff. 158-165), xxii8 (ff. 166-173), xxiii8 (ff. 174-181), xxiv8 (ff. 182-189), xxv8 (ff. 190-197), xxvi8 (ff. 198-205), xxvii8 (ff. 206-213), xxviii8 (ff. 214-221), xxix8 (ff. 222-229), xxx8 (ff. 230-238), xxxi6 (ff. 239-245), xxxii8 (ff. 246-253), xxxiii8 (ff. 254-261), xxxiv8 (ff. 262-269), xxxv8 (ff. 270-277), xxxvi8 (ff. 278-285), xxxvii2 (ff. 286-287). Catchwords.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Leather boards with embossed golden coat of arm (of Francis Henry Egerton?).
Provenance [Baruch ben] Samuel, the scribe: inscribed with his name in the colophon, he wrote the codex for his uncle, Rabbi [..] called [..], in 18 Svat, 101 [1341]; most of the names have been erased from the colophon (f. 287).
Various illegible Hebrew inscriptions (f. 287v).
Purchased by the British Museum from Hen. Bohn, 26 September 1840: inscribed (f. [288v]); probably Henry George Bohn (b. 1796, d. 1884), translator and publisher. Bought by the British Museum, using the Bridgewater fund (12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).
Notes Numerous marginal notes. Pricking and ruling are visible. Parallel Hebrew foliation (ff. 1-70).
Select bibliography Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in MDCCCXXXVI-MDCCCXL (London: British Musem,1843), p. 21.

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. 176.


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Menorah

f. 101v
Menorah
Menorah

f. 101v
Menorah
Decorated initial word

f. 126
Decorated initial word
 
Holy Land

f. 198v
Holy Land
Holy Land

f. 199
Holy Land

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