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Detailed record for Oriental 2627

Title Bible (the 'Lisbon Bible') with masorah magna and parva: the Prophets
Origin Portugal, Central (Lisbon)
Date Last quarter of the 15th century, 1482
Language Hebrew
Script Sephardi square script, partially punctuated
Scribe Samuel ben Samuel ibn Musa
Decoration 20 full borders sometimes accompanied with decorated initial-word panels, in colours and gold (ff. 1v, 134, 134v, 135, 135v, 136v, 168, 210, 246, 250v, 252, 256, 256v, 258, 260v, 261v, 263, 264v, 265v, 271v). 4 decorated initial-word panels (ff. 1v, 21, 40, 85v).
Dimensions in mm 300 x 245 (185 x 155) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 273 (+ 4 unfoliated modern flyleaves at the beginning and 2 older and 4 modern unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation 34 quires: i-xvi8 (ff. 1-128), xvii8-1 (ff. 129-135), xviii-xxv8 (ff. 136-199), xxvi10 (ff. 200-209), xxvii-xxxiv8 (ff. 210-273). 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 (f. 185v). (see volume III, Or. 2628, f. 185v).
Benjamin Cohen of Bukhara: purchased by the British Museum from him on 17 November 1882 (f. [275v]).
Notes In three volumes: the other volumes are Or. 2626, 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. 60-61.

Sacred: Books of the Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (London: British Library, 2007), p. 156 [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 panel and full border

f. 1v
Initial-word panel and full border
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 40
Initial-word panel and full border
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 136v
Initial-word panel and full border
 
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 168
Initial-word panel and full border
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 168
Decorated initial-word panel
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 250v
Initial-word panel and full border
 
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 252
Initial-word panel and full border
Initial-word panel and floral border

f. 252
Initial-word panel and floral border
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 256v
Initial-word panel and full border
 
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 258
Initial-word panel and full border
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 261v
Initial-word panel and full border
Text page

f. 262
Text page
 

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