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Detailed record for Sloane 3173

Author Isaac Abravanel
Title Haggadah for Passover with the commentaries of Isaac Abravanel ('Leipnik Haggadah')
Origin Germany, N. (Hamburg, Altona)
Date 1740
Language Hebrew, Yiddish
Script Ashkenazi punctuated square and unpunctuated semi-cursive script
Scribe Joseph ben David of Leipnik
Artists Joseph ben David of Leipnik
Decoration Illustrated title page in colours and gold (f. 1). Numerous miniatures in colours and gold. 4 decorated initial words and initial-word panels in colours (ff. 4, 10, 21, 25v).
Dimensions in mm 350 x 255 (250 x 170)
Official foliation ff. 40 (+ 2 paper flyleaves at the beginning and 1 older and 3 modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation 11 quires: i-ii4-1 (ff. 1-6), iii2 (ff. 7-8), iv-xi4 (ff. 9-40).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather, gold tooled.
Provenance Joseph ben David of Leipnik, scribe: inscribed with his name in the colophon, Hamburg-Altona, [5]500 (1740) (f. 40).
Dated title page, 1740 (f. 1).
Sir Hans Sloane: baronet, physician and collector (b. 1660, d. 1753): in his collection; acquired by the British Museum in 1753.
English inscription citing the Catalogue of the Sloane Manuscripts (see bibliography, 1782) (on a paper slip glued to f. [41v]).
Note by Frederic Madden: "See another copy of this work, similarly written and ornamented, MS Add. 18724. F.M." (f. [41v]).
Notes Ruling and sometimes pricking are visible. Watermark, f. [41v], of a fleur-de-lis, unidentified. The square and semi-cursive scripts are imitations of the Amsterdam letters and Rashi script respectively used in printing.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Manuscripts preserved in the British Museum, hitherto undescribed ... including the collections by Sir Hans Sloane, the Rev. Thomas Birch, etc. By S. Ayscough, 2 vols (London, 1782), I, p. 51.

Cecil Roth, Jewish Art: An Illustrated History (London: W. H. Allen, 1961), p. 446.

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. 612.

Kurt Schubert, 'Die Weisen von Bne Braq in der Haggadaillustration des 18. Jahrhunderts', Artibus et Historiae, 9 (1988), 71-81 (pp. 72, 75).

Iris Fishof, JuĻdische Buchmalerei in Hamburg und Altona: zur Geschichte der Illumination hebraĻischer Handschriften im 18. Jahrhundert (Hamburg: Christians, 1999), pp. 38-40.

Leon Prager and Brad Sabin Hill, 'Yiddish Manuscripts in the British Library', The British Library Journal, 21 (1995), 81-108 (pp. 86, 103).

Ilana Tahan, Hebrew Manuscripts: The Power of Script and Image (London, British Library, 2007), pp. 140-41.


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