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Detailed record for Oriental 2733

Title Festival prayer book (mahzor) for Rosh ha-Shanah, Franco-German rite
Origin France
Date 14th century
Language Hebrew
Script Ashkenazi square script, partially punctuated
Scribe Hayyim
Decoration 1 decorated initial word in ink (f. 2v), and 2 pen drawings embedded into the text (ff. 6, 6v). 4 marginal drawings (ff. 4, 49, 57, 59), and 7 decorated catchwords (ff. 10v, 26v, 34v, 44v, 54v, 76v, 84v). Carmina figurata (ff. 6, 6v, 7, 44v, 50-51v).
Dimensions in mm 255 x 190 (ff. 1-88: 170/185 x 125, ff. 89-90: 175 x 145)
Official foliation ff. 90 (+ 2 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning, and an older and 2 modern unfoliated flyleaves at the end. Quire numbering in upper right corner; quires viii and ix are equally numbered as 8). Parallel Hebrew foliation, which shows that the middle bifolio of quire viii is missing (ff. 66-67)
Collation 11 quires: i10 (ff. 1-10), ii8 (ff. 11-18), iii8-1 (ff. 19-26), iv8 (ff. 27-34), v10 (ff. 35-44), vi12-2 (ff. 45-54), vii8 (ff. 55-62), viii8-2 (ff. 63-68), ix8 (ff. 69-76), x8 (ff. 77-84 ), xi6 (ff. 85-90). Catchwords often decorated.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Hayyim, scribe: the word hayyim is decorated (e.g. ff. 2v, 3v, 8, 19v, 44, 49, 51v, 87v).
Moshe Yehudah: inscribed with his name in Hebrew, next to it illegible signature in Latin letters with tha same ink (lower margin, f. 81v).
Emanuel deMiliyat?: inscribed with his name (f. 85v).
Chaim M. Horowitz: purchased by the British Museum from him on 26 January 1884 (f. [92v])
Notes Numerous marginal notes by various hands. Pricking and ruling are often visible. Deleted paragraphs on ff. 36, 78v.
The last two folios (ff. 89-90) are from another manuscript.
Erasure (of censor?) e.g., ff. 36, 78v.
Select bibliography Israel Davidson, Otsar ha-shirah veha piyut: mi-zeman hatimat kitve ha- kodesh ad reshit tekufat ha-haskalah [Thesaurus of Mediaeval Hebrew Poetry] (New York: Bet midrash ha-Rabanim de-Amerikah, 1924-1933) [on the text].

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), II, no. 665.


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Decorated initial word

f. 2v
Decorated initial word
Decorated catchword

f. 44v
Decorated catchword
Hybrid

f. 44v
Hybrid
 
Dragon

f. 50v
Dragon
King

f. 51
King

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