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Detailed record for Harley 5775

Title Hagiographa with masorah magna and parva
Origin Spain, N. (Castellon d'Ampurias)
Date 1396
Language Hebrew, Aramaic
Script Sephardi square script, punctuated
Scribe Ezra ben Jacob ben Aderet
Decoration Numerous micrographical designs.
Dimensions in mm 240 x 170 (150 x 100/105)
Official foliation ff. 217 (+ 1 unfoliated modern and 1 older paper flyleaf at the beginning and at the end)
Collation 28 quires: i6 (ff. 1-6), iiseven (ff. 7-13), iii-xxvii8 (ff. 14-213), xxviiifive (ff. 214-217, [217a]). Remains of catchwords.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Harleian binding. Black buckram.
Provenance Ezra ben Jacob ben Aderet, scribe: inscribed with his name in the colophon, Castellon d’Ampurias, Elul 5156 [1396] (f. 217v).
Samuel Al-qavetz: inscribed with his name (f. 217a verso).
Latin inscriptions: translation of the colophon; calculation of the Hebrew date in by the same hand, 1708 (f. 217v).
John Covel (b. 1638, d. 1722), chaplain to the Levant Company at Constantinople: in his collection (no. VIII.): inscribed (f. [ii]). His manuscripts were acquired for the Harley Collection for £300 in 1716.
Edward Harley: bought by him, together with Covel's other manuscripts, for £300 on 27 Feb. 1715/6 (Diary 1966; Wright 1972); inscription by Harley's librarian, Humfrey Wanley, 18 January 1723/4 (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.
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 In two volumes: Harley 5774 and Harley 5775.
Watermark, f. [ii] of the monogram 'IHS' with a cross, similar to Edward Heawood, Watermarks (Monumenta Chartae Papyraceae Historiam Illustrantia, I) (Hilversum: Paper Publication Society, 1950), no. 1785a.
Unfoliated blank leaf after f. 217 (f. [217a]).
Watermark, f. [218], of a fleur-de-lis in a crowned coat of arms and with the monogram 'WR', similar to Edward Heawood, Watermarks (Monumenta Chartae Papyraceae Historiam Illustrantia, I) (Hilversum: Paper Publication Society, 1950), no. 1784 (1683, sine loco) or 1785 (1670, sine loco).
Flesh side and hair side are distinguishable.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5773-75.

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. 121.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by Cyril E. Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), I: 1715-1723, pp. xxxiv-xxxvi; II: 1723-1726, p. 211 n. 1.

Cyril Ernest Wright, Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1972), pp. 113-17, 254, 461.

Bezalel Narkiss, Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts in the British Isles: A Catalogue Raisonne´. The Spanish and Portuguese Manuscripts, 2 vols (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982), I, no. 24; II, figs 338-51.


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ff. 59v-60
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f. 79v
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f. 80
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f. 159v
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f. 217v
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