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Detailed record for Additional 26879

Author Solomon ben Isaac
Title Former and Latter Prophets with masorah magna and parva, Targum Jonathan and Rashi's commentary
Origin France (?)
Date 13th century
Language Hebrew, Aramaic
Script Franco-German square and semi-cursive script, partially punctuated
Scribe Juda Levi (?)
Decoration 3 decorated initial words in ink (ff. 2v, 108, 154v). 1 marginal drawing, in brown ink (f. 97v). Micrography on 2 folios (ff. 199v, 267v). Rashi's commentary in carmina figurata in numerous folios. Decorated signs of haftarot, in brown ink.
Dimensions in mm 365 x 290 (main text: 200 x 70, with commentary: 200/315 x 205/240)
Official foliation ff. 268 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 1 unfoliated older paper flyleaf and 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the end); f. 1 is a paper flyleaf
Collation 23 quires: i12 (ff. 2-13), ii12 (ff. 14-25), iii12 (ff. 26-37), iv12 (ff. 38-49), v12 (ff. 50-61), vi12 (ff. 62-73), vii12 (ff. 74-85), viii12 (ff. 86-97), ix8 (ff. 98-105), x12 (ff. 106-117), xi12 (ff. 118-129), xii12 (ff. 130-141), xiii12 (ff. 142-153), xiv12-3 (ff. 154-162), xv12 (ff. 163-174), xvi12 (ff. 175-186), xvii12 (ff. 187-198), xviii12 (ff. 199-210), xix12 (ff. 211-122), xx12 (ff. 223-234), xxi10 (ff. 235-244), xxii12 (ff. 245-256), xxiii12 (ff. 257-268). Catchwords.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Judah Levi, scribe?: the name Yehudah is marked on f. 176; Levi is marked on f. 266.
Scribal formula: 'Grow stronger and let us grow stronger. May no harm befall on the copyist not today and not ever until the donkey ascends the ladder to the heavens about which our father Jacob had dreamed' (f. 267v)
Purchase note, with names deleted, 5119 [1359] (f. 2); copy of the same purchase note, 17th-18th century? (f. 2).
Partially deleted inscription: .. .. Bar Elhanan blessed be his memory .. .. Moses Levi (f. 2).
Illegible Latin inscriptions (f. 3).
Entries of births and deaths (f. 268).
Censored by Giovanni Domenico Vistorini: inscribed 'Gio. Dom. Vistorini 1609' (ff. 2, 267v), see William Popper, The Censorship of Hebrew Books (New York: KTAV Publishing House, 1969), appendix § 85-87.
Samuel Schönblum: purchased by the British Museum on 24 August, 1865: inscribed (f. [239v]).
Notes The older flyleaves have a watermark of a coat of arms with a man in the moon, not found in Briquet (C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: Dictionnaire historique des marques du papier dès leur apparition vers 1282 jusqu'en 1600, A Facsimile of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. by Allan Stevenson, 4 vols (Amsterdam: The Paper Publications Society, 1968) and Heawood (Edward Heawood, Watermarks (Monumenta Chartae Papyraceae Historiam Illustrantia, I) (Hilversum: Paper Publication Society, 1950). Pricking and ruling are visible.
Lacunae in the text are after ff. 117, 154, 234, 235.
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. 187.

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Decorated initial word

f. 2v
Decorated initial word
~Carmina figurata~

f. 187
Carmina figurata

f. 199v

f. 267v

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