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Detailed record for Oriental 2626

Title Bible (the 'Lisbon Bible') with masorah magna and parva: the Pentateuch
Origin Portugal, Central (Lisbon)
Date 1483
Language Hebrew
Script Sephardi square script, punctuated
Scribe Samuel ben Samuel ibn Musa
Decoration 53 full borders, in colours and gold (ff. 1v-22, ff. 180-184v). Numerous decorated initial-word panels, in colours and gold. Numerous decorated parashah signs, in colours and gold. Masorah magna in micrographical design in the margins. Full-page micrographic design (f. 179v).
Dimensions in mm 210 x 140 (145 x 100) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 184 (+ 2 modern unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 2 modern and 2 older unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation 24 quires: i-ii8 (ff. 1-8, 9-16), iii6(ff. 17-22), iv-x8 (ff. 23-78), xi6(ff. 79-84), xii-xix8 (ff. 85-148), xx6 (ff. 149-154), xxi-xxiii8 (ff. 155-178), xxiv6 (ff. 179-184). Catchwords. On guards.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Samuel ben Samuel ibn Musa, scribe: inscribed with his name in the colophon, Lisbon, 5243 [1483] (see volume III, Or. 2628, f. 185v).
Joseph ben Judah called Elhakhim, the patron: inscribed with his name in the colophon (see volume III, Or. 2628, f. 185v).
Benjamin Cohen of Bukhara: purchased by the British Museum from him on 17 November 1882 (f. [186v]).
Notes In three volumes: the other volumes are Or. 2627, and 2628. Hair side and flesh side are distinguishable. Ruling is visible.
Select bibliography Jacob Leveen, The Hebrew Bible in Art (London: Oxford University Press, 1944).

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. 62.

Gabrielle Sed-Rajna, Manuscrits hebreux de Lisbonne (Paris: Centre National de la Recherche Scentifique, 1970), pp. 24-29.

Therese Metzger, Les manuscrits he´breux copie´s et de´core´s a` Lisbonne dans les dernie`res de´cennies du XVe sie`cle (Paris: Fundac¸a~o Calouste Gulbenkian, Centro cultural portugue^s, 1977), pp. 33-48.

Bezalel Narkiss, Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts in the British Isles: a Catalogue Raisonne´. The Spanish and Portuguese Manuscripts, 2 vols (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982), I, no. 42; II, figs 404-19.

Lisbon Bible: 1482. British Library Or. 2626, introduction by Gabrielle Sed-Rajna (Tel Aviv: Nahar Miskal, 1988) [facsimile edition].

Katrin Kogman-Appel, Jewish book art between Islam and Christianity: the decoration of Hebrew Bibles in Medieval Spain (Lieden: Brill, 2004), p. 206.

Ilana Tahan, Hebrew Manuscripts: The Power of Script and Image (London, British Library, 2007), pp. 56-59.

Sacred: Books of the Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (London: British Library, 2007), p. 35 [exhibition catalogue].

Online Gallery: Turn the Pages (The British Library):
http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/ttp/lisbon/accessible/introduction.html [accessed on 2 June 2011].


Images
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Initial-word panels and full border

f. 1v
Initial-word panels and full border
Fleur-de-lis

f. 1v
Fleur-de-lis
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 2
Initial-word panel and full border
 
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 2v
Initial-word panel and full border
Full border

f. 3
Full border
Full border

f. 3v
Full border
 
Full border

f. 4
Full border
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 4v
Initial-word panel and full border
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 5
Initial-word panel and full border
 
Detail

f. 5
Detail
Initial-word panels and full border

f. 5v
Initial-word panels and full border
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 6
Initial-word panel and full border
 
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 6v
Initial-word panel and full border
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 7
Initial-word panel and full border
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 7v
Initial-word panel and full border
 
Dragon

f. 7v
Dragon
Birds

f. 7v
Birds
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 8
Initial-word panel and full border
 
Parrot

f. 8
Parrot
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 8v
Initial-word panel and full border
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 9v
Initial-word panel and full border
 
Full border

f. 10
Full border
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 13v
Initial-word panel and full border
Full border

f. 13v
Full border
 
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 13v
Initial-word panel and full border
Initial-word panels and full border

f. 16
Initial-word panels and full border
Genesis

f. 23v
Genesis
 
Genesis

f. 23v
Genesis
Decorated ~parashah~ sign

f. 40
Decorated parashah sign
Decorated ~parashah~ sign

f. 40
Decorated parashah sign
 
Exodus

f. 61v
Exodus
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 61v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated ~parashah~ sign

f. 68
Decorated parashah sign
 
Decorated ~parashah~ sign

f. 79v
Decorated parashah sign
Decorated ~parashah~ sign

f. 99v
Decorated parashah sign
Numbers

f. 117
Numbers
 
Numbers

f. 117
Numbers
Micrography

f. 179v
Micrography
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 180
Initial-word panel and full border
 
Full border

f. 180v
Full border
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 181
Initial-word panel and full border
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 181v
Initial-word panel and full border
 
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 182
Initial-word panel and full border
Full border

f. 182v
Full border
Full border

f. 183
Full border
 
Detail of a full border

f. 183
Detail of a full border
Full border

f. 183v
Full border
Full border

f. 184
Full border
 
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 184v
Initial-word panel and full border

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