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Detailed record for Additional 26974

Author Jehiel ben Jekuthiel ben Benjamin ha-Rofe Anaw, Benjamin Anaw
Title Sefer Maalot ha-Middot (The Book on Degrees of Virtue) by Jehiel ben Jekuthiel (ff. 1v-142v); portion of Shaar Etz Hayyim by Benjamin Anaw (f. 143)
Origin Italy
Date 1287
Language Hebrew
Script Italian semi-cursive script, unpunctuated
Scribe Jehiel ben Jekuthiel ben Benjamin ha-Rofe Anaw
Decoration 2 partial foliate borders inhabited by birds, in colours and gold (ff. 1v, 2). 25 foliate scrolls around chapter titles and at the end, often inhabited by birds or dragons (ff. 4, 14v, 20, 27, 33, 37, 44, 48v, 56, 61, 63v, 70v, 78v, 82, 85, 94, 98, 104v, 107, 111v, 116, 122, 133, 141, 142v). 1 chapter title accompanied by dragons (f. 76).
Dimensions in mm 245 x 160 (190/185 x 105/100)
Official foliation ff. 145 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves and 1 older paper flyleaf at the beginning and at the end), f. 145 is a foliated parchment flyleaf
Collation 15 quires: i10 (ff. 1-10), ii10 (ff. 11-20), iii10 (ff. 21-30), iv10 (ff. 31-40), v10 (ff. 41-50), vi10 (ff. 51-60), vii10 (ff. 61-70), viii10 (ff. 71-80), ix10 (ff. 81-90), x10 (ff. 91-100), xi10 (ff. 101-110), xii10 (ff. 111-120), xiii10 (ff. 121-130), xiv8 (ff. 131-138), xv6 (ff. 139-144).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Jehiel ben Jekuthiel ben Benjamin ha-Rofe, author: inscribed with his name in the author's colophon, month Av [50]47 [1287] (f. 141).
Solomon ben Moses ben Joseph: inscribed with his name in the author's colophon (f. 141).
Peretz ben Menahem sold to Eliezer ben Abraham: inscribed with his name in a purchase note (14th century) (f. 1).
Purchase note, mostly illegible (f. 1).
Acquisition note, partially illegible (f. 1).
Solomon ben Jekuthiel ben Solomon: inscribed with his name (16th century) (ff. 144v, 145).
A recipe of ink, 'How to make good ink' (f. 145).
Guiseppe Almanzi (b. 1801, d. 1860), Italian bibliophile: his collection no. 85v; 322 Hebrew manuscripts were acquired from his library by the British Museum in 1865: inscribed in Hebrew 'MS 85' (f. [iv verso).
Notes Edges are coloured red and black. Ruling is visible. Numerous maniculae.
Watermark, f. [iv] of three crescents, similar to Edward Heawood, Watermarks (Monumenta Chartae Papyraceae Historiam Illustrantia, I) (Hilversum: Paper Publication Society, 1950), no. 874 but without inscription (Venice, 1783).
Watermark, f. [146] of a letter V, unidentified.
Recipe for making ink (f. 145).
Select bibliography Aaron Freimann, 'Jewish Scribes in Medieval Italy', in Alexander Marx Jubilee Volume (New York: Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1950), pp. 231-342 (no. 176c).

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), III, no. 868.


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Inhabited foliate border

f. 1v
Inhabited foliate border
Inhabited foliate border

f. 2
Inhabited foliate border
Dragon

f. 61
Dragon
 
Dragons

f. 76
Dragons
Dragon

f. 82
Dragon
Foliate scroll

f. 142
Foliate scroll
 

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