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Detailed record for Oriental 9879

Title Biblical fragments (the 'First Gaster Bible') with masorah magna and parva (sections from Psalms)
Origin Egypt
Date 10th century
Language Hebrew
Script Oriental square script, punctuated
Decoration Numerous space fillers with gold, red and blue.
Dimensions in mm 330 x 260 (220 x 180)
Official foliation ff. 40 (+1 unfoliated paper flyleaf at the beginning and 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation Indeterminable.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Moses Gaster (b. 1856, d. 1939), scholar and rabbi: his manuscript, Cod. G. 151; purchased by the British Museum from him on 12 April, 1924: inscribed (f. [42v]).
Notes Ruling is visible. Fragmentary.
Select bibliography M. Gaster, Illuminated Hebrew Bibles of the IXth and Xth Centuries (Codices OR. Gaster, Nos. 150 and 151) and a Samaritan Scroll of the Law of the XIth Century (Codex OR. Gaster, No. 350) (London: Harrison and Sons, 1901).

Ilana Tahan, Hebrew Manuscripts: The Power of Script and Image (London, British Library, 2007), pp. 18-19.

Sacred: Books of the Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (London: British Library, 2007), p. 60 [exhibition catalogue].


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Space fillers and marginal decoration

f. 14v
Space fillers and marginal decoration
Space fillers and marginal decoration

f. 17
Space fillers and marginal decoration
Space fillers and marginal decoration

f. 23v
Space fillers and marginal decoration
 

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