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Detailed record for Oriental 1487

Author Abraham ibn Ezra
Title Commentary on the Pentateuch
Origin Iberian Peninsula or Italy
Date 15th century
Language Hebrew
Script Sephardi semi-cursive script, unpunctuated
Decoration 1 carpet page with penwork decoration in colours (f. 138v). Numerous initial-word panels with penwork decoration and pen-flourishing, in red, mauve and blue ink. Numerous embellished bands with penwork decoration, in red, mauve and blue ink. 8 marginal decorations in red mauve ink (ff. 108, 108v, 111, 123, 123v, 125, 125v, 134v). 1 carmina figurata (f. 181).
Dimensions in mm 190/185 x 150 (115 x 90)
Official foliation ff. 194 (+ 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf at the beginning and at the end)
Collation 27 quires: i4+1 (ff. 1-5), ii8+1 (ff. 6-14), iii-xv8 (ff. 15-118), xvi8-1 (ff. 119-125), xvii-xxvi8 (ff. 126-189), xxvii8-4+1 (190-193+194). Catchword on every verso.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Ivory parchment binding, tooled in black.
Provenance Abraham ben Meir ibn Ezra ha-Sfaradi: inscribed with his name in the authorís colophon (f. 40v).
Moses Wilhelm Shapira (b. 1830, d. 1884), a antiquities dealer of Jerusalem: his inscription (?): 'This book was purchased by me from one of the chief Rabbis in Jerusalem in Ocotber 1868.. ..' (covered by a paper slip glued over it, f. [iverso]); bought from him, 24 November, 1877 (f. [195]).
Notes Hair side and flesh side are distinguishable. Folio 194 is a later reconstruction. Deleted and rewritten section (f. 25v). Several mutilated folios.
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), I, no. 191.


Images
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Decorated initial-word panel

f. 100v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 103
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 111
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 124v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 125v
Decorated initial-word panels
Penwork decoration

f. 135
Penwork decoration
 
Carpet page and initial-word panel

ff. 138v-139
Carpet page and initial-word panel

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