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Detailed record for Oriental 11796

Title Series of calendrial and astronomical tables
Origin France, S. or Spain
Date 15th century
Language Hebrew
Script Sephardi square, semi-cursive and cursive script, unpunctuated
Decoration Numerous charts with penwork decoration sometimes inhabited by human figures, baboons, hybrids, in red and mauve ink. Chart in colours and gold (f. 57v).
Dimensions in mm 250 x 185
Official foliation ff. 93 (+ 1 unfoliated modern paper flyleaf at the beginning and 1 older and 1 modern unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation Each folio is on a separate guard, original collation cannot be reconstructed.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Joannes Plantavitius de la Pause (Pausanus), bishop of Lodeve (b. 1625, d. 1648): he bought it in Rome on 24 November, 1620: inscription (f. 2).
Jacques Nicolas Colbert (b. 1655, d. 1707), archbishop of Rouen: his coat of arms, remains of a previous binding (stamped on the inner back cover).
Acquired by gift from the Inter-Allied Book Centre, April 1946.
Notes Watermark, f. [94], of a coat of arms: a crowned shield with a B in the middle and a motto (illegible) in a banderole beneath, similar to C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: Dictionnaire historique des marques du papier dès leur apparition vers 1282 jusqu'en 1600, A Facsimile of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. by Allan Stevenson, 4 vols (Amsterdam: The Paper Publications Society, 1968), no. 8079 (dated 1580 to Troyes).
Hair and flesh side are distinguishable. Pricking and ruling are visible.
Select bibliography 'Recent Acquisitions of Hebrew Manuscripts', The British Museum Quarterly, 16 (1951/52), 95-96 (p. 96).

Illumination: Hebrew Treasures from the Vatican and Major British Collections (London: Jewish Museum, 2010), no. 3, p. 20 [exhibition catalogue].


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f. 36
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f. 41v
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Decorated chart

f. 57v
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