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Detailed record for Oriental 4227

ff. 1-279 
Title Bible with masorah
 
ff. 1-279 
Title Bible with masorah
 
Origin France
Date 14th century
Language Hebrew
Script Franco-German square and semi-cursive script, partially punctuated
Decoration Texts within an architectural frame on ff. 199v, 200, 200v. Carmina figurata on f. 198v.
Dimensions in mm 265 x 185 (main text: 155/160 x 110/115)
Official foliation ff. 279 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves and a parcment flyleaf at the end)
Collation 36 quires: i3 (ff. 1-3), ii8 (ff. 4-12), iii8 (ff. 13-20), iv8 (ff. 21-28), v8 (ff. 29-36), vi8 (ff. 37-44), vii8 (ff. 45-52), viii8 (ff. 53-60), ix12-1 (ff. 61-71), x8 (ff. 72-79), xi8 (ff. 80-87), xii8 (ff. 88-95), xiii8 (ff. 96-103), xiv8 (ff. 104-111), xv8 (ff. 112-119), xvi8 (ff. 120-127), xvii8 (ff. 128-135), xviii8 (ff. 136-143), xix8 (ff. 144-151), xx8 (ff. 152-159), xxi8 (ff. 160-167), xxii8 (ff. 168-175), xxiii8 (ff. 176-183), xxiv8 (184-191), xxv8 (ff. 192-199), xxvi2 (ff. 200-201), xxvii8 (ff. 202-209), xxviii8 (210-217), xxix8 (ff. 218-225), xxx8 (ff. 226-233), xxxi8 (ff. 234-241), xxxii8 (ff. 242-249), xxxiii8 (ff. 250-257), xxxiv8 (ff. 258-265), xxxv8 (ff. 266-273), xxxvi6 (274-279). Catchwords (often decorated, e.g., ff. 87v, 103v, 241v).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Erased inscriptions (presumable in Latin letters) f. 3v (in the lower margin), f. 5 (upper part).
Purchased by the British Museum from Quaritch in March 1891 (f. 279v); probably Bernard Alexander Christian Quaritch (b. 1819, d. 1899), bookseller and publisher.
Notes There is confusion in the collation due to a later re-binding: ff. 2-3 (maybe f. 1 as well) were initially at the end of the codex as the earlier pencil foliation and quire numbering with Roman numbers demonstrate.
Hebrew foliation starts on f. 6, ends on f. 271.
Pricking and ruling are often visible.
Edges colored red.
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. 58.

Ilana Tahan, Hebrew Manuscripts: The Power of Script and Image (London, British Library, 2007), pp. 46-47.


Images

ff. 1-279
Bible with masorah
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Menorah

f. 4
Menorah
Text in architectural frame

ff. 199v-200
Text in architectural frame

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