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Detailed record for Oriental 1423

Author Maimonides (ha-Rambam)
Title The Guide of the Perplexed, Judeo-Arabic text (Dalalat al Ha'irin)
Origin Yemen
Date 15th century
Language Judeo-Arabic
Script Yemenite square script, partially punctuated
Decoration Geometrical decoration, in colours (f. 3). Numerous initial words and chapter numbers, in colours.
Dimensions in mm 255 x 200 (190 x 130)
Official foliation ff. 251 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Collation 26 quires: i2 (ff. 2-3), ii-xiii10 (ff. 4-123), xiv8 (ff. 124-131), xv-xxv10 (ff. 132-241), xxvi10-2 (ff. 242-251, ff. 249, 250 added). Catchwords and quire numbering.
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Hayyim ben Abraham ben Saadia al-Basari, owner: inscribed with his name, undated (f. 4).
Solomon ben Saadia al-Figi ?: inscribed with his name, undated (f. 248v).
Two added astronomical tables probably from the 16th century (ff. 1, 251). A parchment bifolium has been added (ff. 249-250). Short composition in 16th script (f. 248).
Fischl Hirsch: purchased by the British Museum from him on 12 January 1877: inscribed (f. [252v]).
Notes Numerous marginal notes.
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. 902.


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Decorated table

f. 3
Decorated table
Text pages

ff. 4v-5
Text pages

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