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Detailed record for Harley 7586B

Author Maimonides (the Rambam)
Title Guide of the Perplexed (Moreh Nevukhim) in Samuel ibn Tibbon's translation
Origin Italy
Date 13th century
Language Hebrew
Script Italian square script, unpunctuated
Decoration Numerous initial-word panels decorated with penwork and pen-flourishing, in red and violet ink (until f. 142).
Dimensions in mm 190 x 150 (135 x 100)
Official foliation ff. 230 (+ 1 modern and 2 older unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 1 older and 1 modern unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation 29 quires: i-x8 (ff. 1-80), xi-xviii8 (ff. 80a-143), xix-xxix8 (ff. 143a-230).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance English inscription of the content of the manuscript (f. [iii verso].
Samuel ibn Tibbon, the translator: inscribed with his name in the translator's colophon of 1205 (f. 229).
Edward Harley: 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 Double foliation at the beginning. Earlier: f. [iii] was foliated as 1.
Unfoliated blank leaf after ff. 80 and 143. f. 1 is from a Latin manuscript.
Watermark, f. [ii] similar to Edward Heawood, Watermarks (Monumenta Chartae Papyraceae Historiam Illustrantia, I) (Hilversum: Paper Publication Society, 1950), no. 214 (dated c.1770-1790, England).
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), III, no. 907.


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Decorated initial-word panels

f. 67v
Decorated initial-word panels
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 81v
Decorated initial-word panels

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