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Detailed record for Additional 27167

Title Pentateuch (the 'Almanzi Pentateuch') with Haftarot and Five Scrolls (Hamesh megillot)
Origin Portugal (Lisbon)
Date 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language Hebrew
Script Sephardi square script, punctuated
Decoration 5 frontispieces with initial-word panels and full floral border, in colours and gold (ff. 11v, 86, 149v, 192v, 256). 30 masoretic lists decorated with penwork and full pen-flourished border, in mauve ink (ff. 1v-8v, 455-462). Numerous parashah signs decorated with pen-flourishing, in mauve, blue and red ink. Numerous initial-word panels with penwork and pen-flourishing, in mauve and black ink.
Dimensions in mm 170 x 120 (110 x 70)
Official foliation ff. 464 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Collation 60 quires: i10 (ff. 1-10), ii-xii8 (ff. 11-98), xiii6 (ff. 99-104), xiv-xv8 (ff. 105-120), xvi6 (121-126), xvii4 (ff. 127-130), xviii-xxxv8 (ff. 131-274), xxxvi6 (ff. 275-280), xxxvii-xlii8 (ff. 281-328), xliii6 (ff. 329-334), xliv-lix8 (ff. 335-462), lx2 (ff. 463-464). Catchwords, probably added later.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1660. Dark green leather binding, tooled in gold, centrepiece.
Provenance Italian inscription, 1518 (f. 10v).
Giuseppe Almanzi (b. 1801, d. 1860), Italian bibliophile: his manuscript no. 277 (f. [465]); his library including 322 medieval Hebrew manuscripts were purchased en bloc by the British Museum in October 1865 for £1,000 through Adolphus Asher (b. 1800, d. 1853), Berlin bookseller and dealer to the British Museum 1841-1853 (see David Paisey, 'Adolphus Asher (1800-1853): Berlin bookseller, anglophile and friend to Panizzi', in The British Library Journal, 23 [1997], 131-53): inscribed (f. [465]).
Select bibliography Samuele Davide Luzzatto, Giuseppe Almanzi, Catalogue de la bibliothèque de littérature hébraïque et orientale de feu Mr Joseph Almanzi (Padua: Antoine Bianchi, 1864), p. 35 (Hebrew section).

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. 83.

Gabrielle Sed-Rajna, Manuscrits hebreux de Lisbonne (Paris: Centre National de la Recherche Scentifique, 1970), pp. 70-73.

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. 304.

Lisbon Bible: 1482. British Library Or. 2626, introduction by Gabrielle Sed-Rajna (Tel Aviv: Nahar Miskal, 1988), pp. 14-16 [facsimile edition].

Ilana Tahan, Hebrew Manuscripts: The Power of Script and Image (London, British Library, 2007), pp. 64-65.


Images
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Decorated masoretic lists

ff. 5v-6
Decorated masoretic lists
Decorated masoretic list

f. 5v
Decorated masoretic list
Decorated masoretic list

f. 6
Decorated masoretic list
 
Decorated frontispiece

f. 11v
Decorated frontispiece
Coat of arms

f. 11v
Coat of arms
Decorated ~parashah~ sign

f. 25v
Decorated parashah sign
 
Decorated frontispiece

f. 86
Decorated frontispiece
Decorated ~parashah~ sign

f. 105
Decorated parashah sign
Decorated frontispiece

f. 148v
Decorated frontispiece
 
Owl

f. 148v
Owl
Text page

f. 149
Text page
Decorated frontispiece

f. 192v
Decorated frontispiece
 
Decorated frontispiece

f. 256
Decorated frontispiece
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 336
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 407v
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 419v
Decorated initial-word panel
Owls

f. 419v
Owls
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 441
Decorated initial-word panel
 

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