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Detailed record for Oriental 14061

Author Maimonides (ha-Rambam)
Title The Guide of the Perplexed (Moreh Nevukhim)
Origin Spain, N. E. (Catalonia)
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 14th century
Language Hebrew
Script Sephardi square and semi-cursive script, unpunctuated
Scribe Levi ben Isaac ben Caro of Salamanca
Artists School of Ferrer Bassa
Decoration 1 full-page decorated initial-word panel, in colours and gold (f. 1v). 1 full-page miniature of a coat of arms (f. 156v). 2 heraldic golden lion in panels (ff. 4v, 5). Numerous decorated initial-word panels accompanied with foliate scrolls, in colours and gold. Numerous initial-word panels decorated with penwork and pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 300 x 210 (195 x 140)
Official foliation ff. 248 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Collation 22 quires: inine (ff. 1-9), ii10 (ff. 10-19), iii-vii12 (ff. 20-79), viii12-3 (80-88), ix-xiii12 (ff. 89-148), xiv8 (ff. 149-156), xv12 (ff. 157-168), xvi10 (ff. 169-178), xvii-xx12 (ff. 179-226), xxi10 (227-236), xxii12 (ff. 237-248). Catchwords.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather, gold tooled, manuscript number of the Sassoon collection on the spine.
Provenance Coat of arms of the royal family of Leon and Castile: depicted (ff. 1v, 4v, 5, 156v).
Daniel Valentin ?: inscribed with his name in a purchase note (f. 1).
Bekhor Levy of Constantinople, court physician of Sultan Abd el-Hamid (d. c 1899): owner, see Sassoon, 1932. Probably based on the note which has been partially cut off (f. 88v).
David Solomon Sassoon (b. 1880, d. 1942), book collector: in his collection (no. 1047); his book plate (inner front cover); his binding; his sale, Sotheby's Zurich 1975, lot 17.
Remains of a note in Hebrew (f. 88, partially cut off).
Acquired by the British Library in 1982.
Notes Flesh and hair side are distinguishable. Ruling and sometimes pricking are visible. Some folios are mutilated (e.g. ff. 3, 6, 56, 59, 66, 67, 84, 101, 111, 115, 132, 179, 188, 192). Incomplete at the end.
Select bibliography David Solomon Sassoon, Ohel Dawid. Descriptive Catalogue of the Hebrew and Samaritan Manuscripts in the Sassoon Library, London, 2 vols (London: Oxford University Press, 1932), II, pp. 996-98.

Sotheby's, Catalogue of thirty-eight highly important Hebrew and Samaritan manuscripts from the collection formed by the late David Solomon Sassoon ... : which will be sold at auction ... on Wednesday 5th November 1975 (Zu¨rich: Sotheby, 1975), p. 61 (lot 17).

David Goldstein, Hebrew Manuscripts from the Sassoon Collection: an Exhibition in the British Library, 10 August-31 December 1982 (London: The British Library, 1982). [exhibition notes]

Katrin Kogman-Appel, 'Tzurat ha-Behemot we-shear nefesh hayyah we-tzurot ha-ilanot we-deshim. Itturim be-kitvei yad sfaradiyyim shel sifrei ha-Rambam' Peamim, 97 (2004), 27-62 (pp. 56-57).

Ilana Tahan, Hebrew Manuscripts: The Power of Script and Image (London, British Library, 2007), pp. 126-27.


Images
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Initial-word panel with coat of arms

f. 1v
Initial-word panel with coat of arms
Lions

ff. 4v-5
Lions
Lion

f. 4v
Lion
 
Lion

f. 5
Lion
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 11v
Decorated initial-word panels
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 15v
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 21v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 72v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 89
Decorated initial-word panels
 
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 90
Decorated initial-word panels
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 127v
Decorated initial-word panel
Coat of arms

f. 156v
Coat of arms
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 226
Decorated initial-word panel

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