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Detailed record for Harley 5648

Author Baruch ben Isaac of Worms
Title Sefer ha-Terumah by Baruch ben Isaac (ff. 1-277); two short halakhical (legal) treatises (ff. 278-280)
Origin Germany
Date 1253/1254
Language Hebrew
Script Ashkenazi semi-cursive script, unpunctuated
Scribe Elazar?, Simeon?
Decoration 7 decorated catchwords (ff. 5v, 13v, 21v, 29v, 118v, 134v, 142v). 1 marginal drawing, in ink (f. 117v).
Dimensions in mm 250 x 165 (180 x 120) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 280 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end), f. 1* is a paper leaf
Collation 36 quires: i8-3 (ff. 1-5), ii8 (ff. 6-13), iii8 (ff. 14-21), iv8 (ff. 22-29), v8 (ff. 30-37), vi8 (ff. 38-45), vii8 (ff. 46-53), viii8 (ff. 54-61), ix8 (ff. 62-69), x8 (ff. 70-77), xi8 (ff. 78-85), xii8 (ff. 86-93), xiii8 (ff. 94-101), xiv10-1 (ff. 102-110), xv8 (ff. 111-118), xvi8 (ff. 119-126), xvii8 (ff. 127-134), xviii8 (ff. 135-142), xix8 (ff. 143-150), xx8 (ff. 151-158), xxi8 (ff. 159-166), xxii8 (ff. 167-174), xxiii8 (ff. 175-182), xxiv8 (ff. 183-190), xxv8 (ff. 191-198), xxvi8 (ff. 199-206), xxvii8 (ff. 207-214), xxviii8 (ff. 215-222), xxix8 (ff. 223-230), xxx8 (ff. 231-238), xxxi8 (ff. 239-246), xxxii8 (ff. 247-254), xxxiii8 (ff. 255-262), xxxiv8 (ff. 263-270), xxxv8-1 (ff. 271-277), xxxvithree (ff. 278-280).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red leather, tooled in gold.
Provenance Scribal colophon without name, [50]14 [1253/1254] (f. 277v); the names Elazar is marked on f. 221, Shimeon is marked on f. 249.
Illegible German (?) inscription (f. 280v).
Inscription in Latin on the Sefer Terumah (f. 1*).
The Harley Collection, formed by Robert Harley (b. 1661, d. 1724), 1st earl of Oxford and Mortimer, politician, and Edward Harley (b. 1689, d. 1741), 2nd earl of Oxford and Mortimer, book collector and patron of the arts[, inscribed as usual by their librarian, Humfrey Wanley, ‘18 die January, A.D. 1723/4’ (f. 278).
Edward Harley bequeathed the library to his widow, Henrietta Cavendish, née Holles (b. 1694, d. 1755) during her lifetime and thereafter to their daughter, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (b. 1715, d. 1785), duchess of Portland; the manuscripts were sold by the Countess and the Duchess in 1753 to the nation for £10,000 (a fraction of their contemporary value) under the Act of Parliament that also established the British Museum; the Harley manuscripts form one of the foundation collections of the British Library.
Notes Pricking and ruling are visible. ff. 278-280 were originally not part of the manuscript but added later.
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), II, no. 518.

La conception du livre chez les piétistes Ashkenazes au Moyen Âge, Histoire et Civilisation du Livre 23, ed. Colette Sirat, (Gene`ve: Droz, 1996), p. 164.


Images
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Decorated catchword

f. 13v
Decorated catchword
Armed hybrid

f. 13v
Armed hybrid
Decorated catchword

f. 21v
Decorated catchword
 
Griffin

f. 21v
Griffin
Lion and unicorn

f. 117v
Lion and unicorn
Lion and unicorn

f. 117v
Lion and unicorn
 
Decorated catchword

f. 118v
Decorated catchword
Dragon

f. 118v
Dragon
Decorated catchword

f. 134v
Decorated catchword
 
Mermaid

f. 134v
Mermaid
Decorated catchword

f. 142v
Decorated catchword
Hybrid

f. 142v
Hybrid
 

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