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Detailed record for Additional 15250

Title Bible (the 'Duke of Sussex's Catalan Bible) with masorah magna and parva
Origin Spain, N. E. (Catalonia)
Date 3rd quarter of the 14th century
Language Hebrew, Aramaic
Script Sephardi square script, punctuated
Decoration 2 full-page miniatures of the Temple implements, in colours and gold (ff. 3v-4). Masoretic lists in architectural frames, in colours and gold (ff. 1v-3). Masorah in micrographic design.
Dimensions in mm 355 x 285 (235 x 190) in three columns
Official foliation ff. 437 (+ 2 unfoliated parchment flyleaves at the beginning and 1 unfoliated older paper and 2 unfoliated parchment flyleaves and a paper flyleaf at the end), the recto of the first and the verso of the last flyleaf are covered in silk
Collation 55 quires: i4 (ff. 1-4), ii-liv8 (ff. 5-428), lv10-1 (ff. 429-437). Quire numbering in Hebrew characters.
Form Parchement codex
Binding Post-1600. 18th-century Italian red velvet binding on wood boards, with copper centrepiece and cornerpieces and remains of clasps.
Provenance Note of birth: Joseph, the brother of a previous owner was born on 15 Nisan 5253 [1493] (f. 437).
Illegible Hebrew inscription (f. 1).
Prince Augustus Frederick (b. 1773, d. 1843), duke of Sussex: his armorial book-plate, inscribed (inner front cover); his sale 31 July 1844, lot 101: inscribed (f. 437v), purchased by the British Museum through Thomas Rodd the younger (b. 1796, d. 1849), bookseller for 41.
English inscription, 19th century: 'The date assigned to this MS by Mr Pettigrew (Bibl. Suss. i. p. xii. No. 2) and marked on the binding is erroneous and arises from his having mistaken the note at the end of the volume for the date of the copy whereas it refers only to the birthday of the son of a former possessor of the MS' (f. [438v]).
Notes Ruling and pricking are visible.
Select bibliography Thomas Joseph Pettigrew, Bibliotheca Sussexiana. A Descriptive Catalogue, Accompanied by Historical and Biographical Notices, of the Manuscripts and Printed Books Contained in the Library of His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, in Kensington Palace, 2 vols (London: Longman, 1827-1839), I, part 1, pp. xii-xiv.

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. 53.

Helen Rosenau, Vision of the Temple: The Image of the Temple of Jerusalem in Judaism and Christianity (London: Oreska Books, 1979), figs 34,35.

Therese and Mendel Metzger, Jewish Life in the Middle Ages: Illuminated Hebrew Manuscripts of the Thirteenth to the Sixteenth Centuries (New York: Alpine Fine Arts Collection, 1982), p. 303.

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. 19; II, figs 310-23.

Katrin Kogman-Appel, 'Hebrew Manuscript Painting in Late Medieval Spain: Signs of a Culture in Transition', Art Bulletin, 84 (2002), 246-72 (p. 251).

Katrin Kogman-Appel, Jewish Book Art Between Islam and Christianity: the Decoration of Hebrew Bibles in Medieval Spain (Lieden: Brill, 2004), pp. 145-64.

Ilana Tahan, Hebrew Manuscripts: The Power of Script and Image (London, British Library, 2007), pp. 52-53.

Sacred: Books of the Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (London: British Library, 2007), p. 143 [exhibition catalogue].

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Temple implements

ff. 3v-4
Temple implements

f. 3v
Temple implements

f. 4
Temple implements

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