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Detailed record for Oriental 5600

Title Festival prayer book (mahzor) for Rosh ha-Shanah and Yom Kippur, North African rite
Origin North Africa
Date 15th century
Language Hebrew
Script Sephardi semi-cursive and square script, punctuated (ff. 4v-160); Sephardi cursive script, unpunctuated (ff. 1-4).
Decoration 8 decorated initial-word panels, in colours and gold (ff. 4v, 9, 23v, 45, 50v, 110v, 124v, 138v). 3 gilded initial words (ff. 30v, 63, 75).
Dimensions in mm 185 x 150 (140 x 90)
Official foliation ff. 160 (+ 2 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 1 unfoliated older paper flyleaf and 2 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation 21 quires: ithree (ff. 1-3), ii-xii8 (ff. 4-91), xiii12 (ff. 92-103), xiv-xix8 (ff. 104-151), xx4-1 (ff. 152-154), xxi8-2 (ff. 155-160).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Jehiel ben David Soreq, owner: inscribed with his name, 16th-century Italian hand (f. 2v).
David Henriques de Castro (b. 1832, d. 1898), collector in Amsterdam: in his collection, his book plate (lower inside cover); purchased by the British Museum on his sale through Bernard Quaritch on 17 May 1899 (lot 484) (f. [161v]).
Notes Ruling and sometimes pricking are visible. Hair side and flesh side are distinguishable.
Select bibliography Catalogue de vente de la succession de feu M. D. Henriques de Castro Mz., ed. By J. Vita Israel and Jacques Lamed (Amsterdam, 1899), p. 49, no. 484.

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. 704.


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Decorated initial-word panel

f. 4v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 50v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 110v
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 124v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 138v
Decorated initial-word panel

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