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Detailed record for Oriental 2628

Title Bible (the 'Lisbon Bible') with masorah magna and parva: the Hagiographa
Origin Portugal, Central (Lisbon)
Date Last quarter of the 15th century, 1482
Language Hebrew, Aramaic
Script Sephardi square script, partially punctuated
Scribe Samuel ben Samuel ibn Musa
Decoration 7 full borders sometimes accompanied with decorated initial-word panels and inhabited by animals, in colours and gold (ff. 1v, 178, 178v, 179, 179v, 180, 180v). 9 decorated initial-word panels, in colours and gold (ff. 93, 107, 127, 138v, 141, 144, 147, 152v, 159). Embellished bands on one folio, in colours and gold (f. 50v). Micrographical design (f. 50).
Dimensions in mm 300 x 240 (185 x 150) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 186 (+ 4 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 1 older and 4 modern unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation 24 quires: i-xvi8 (ff. 1-128), xvii6 (ff. 129-134), xviii-xxii8 (ff. 135-142, 143-150, 151-158, 159-166, 167-174), xxiii-xxiv6 (ff. 175-186). Catchwords. On guards.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Samuel ben Samuel ibn Musa, scribe: inscribed with his name in the colophon, Lisbon, 5243 [1483] (f. 185v).
Joseph ben Judah called Elhakhim, the patron: inscribed with his name in the colophon (f. 185v).
Scribal note in a micrographic design with a date Kislev 5200 [1440], which should be 5243 (f. 50).
Benjamin Cohen of Bukhara: purchased by the British Museum from him on 17 November 1882 (f. [187v]).
Notes In three volumes: the other volumes are Or. 2626, and 2627. Hair side and flesh side are distinguishable. Ruling is visible.
Select bibliography Jacob Leveen, The Hebrew Bible in Art (London: Oxford University Press, 1944).

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. 62.

Gabrielle Sed-Rajna, Manuscrits hebreux de Lisbonne (Paris: Centre National de la Recherche Scentifique, 1970), pp. 24-29.

Therese Metzger, Les manuscrits he´breux copie´s et de´core´s a` Lisbonne dans les dernie`res de´cennies du XVe sie`cle (Paris: Fundac¸a~o Calouste Gulbenkian, Centro cultural portugue^s, 1977), pp. 33-48.

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. 42; II, figs 404-19.

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

Katrin Kogman-Appel, Jewish Book Art Between Islam and Christianity: the Decoration of Hebrew Bibles in Medieval Spain (Lieden: Brill, 2004), p. 206.

Ilana Tahan, Hebrew Manuscripts: The Power of Script and Image (London, British Library, 2007), pp. 62-63.

Online Gallery: Turn the Pages (The British Library):
http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/ttp/lisbon/accessible/introduction.html [accessed on 2 June 2011].


Images
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Lower edge

Lower edge
Lower edge
Fore edge

Fore edge
Fore edge
Spine

Spine
Spine
 
Front binding

Front binding
Front binding
Inside upper cover

Inside upper cover
Inside upper cover
Full border

f. 1v
Full border
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 93
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 138v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 141
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 184v
Initial-word panel and full border
Initial-word panel and full border

f. 185
Initial-word panel and full border
Colophon in full border

f. 185v
Colophon in full border
 
Lion

f. 185v
Lion
Coat of arms

f. 185v
Coat of arms
Owl

f. 185v
Owl
 
Peacock

f. 185v
Peacock
Full border

f. 186
Full border

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