Title for manuscript from title for predominant work supplied by cataloger.
Foliation: Paper, ii (20th-century library cloth and card) + early board + ii (19th-century paper) + 307 + i (20th-century
library cloth); 1²⁶ 2²⁰ 3-4¹⁴ 5²⁴ 6-7¹⁴ 8²⁰ 9¹⁴ 10¹⁵ 11-14¹⁴ 15²⁰ 16-19¹⁴ (Les Enluminures); [1-22, i-vi (bifolia laid in),
23-38, 40-245, 245-307]; modern foliation in pencil, upper left recto; foliation with Hebrew characters in ink, upper left
recto (f. 40r-278r), reflecting missing and misbound folios. Catchwords in the lower margin of most versos of the al-Majūsī
Layout: Predominant work written in 27 long lines, with headings in a larger script (f. 40r-307v).
Script: Written in Sephardic semi-cursive script with headings in square script (Les Enluminures), partly in the hand of Abū
al-Ḥasan Sa'ad ben Hibat Alla ben al-Ḥasan the physician (f. 17v).
Decoration: Manicules (f. 130r, 246r, 271r); some text in red ink and decorative borders in red and black ink in 19th-century
Samaritan notes (f. 1v-7v); title page for a small notebook with decorative ink border, dated 1810 (f. 14v).
Watermarks: Pirie's Old Style, 19th-century Samaritan bifolia (f. 21-22, 3 bifolia laid in); unidentified bell watermark on
some leaves (Les Enluminures).
Binding: Modern library cloth, 20th century; one board of 19th-century binding inside modern flyleaves at front of volume,
with colored, patterned paper pastedown.
Origin: One section written in Catania, Sicily, in 1443 (f. 17v; determined from a chronogram by Tzvi Langermann); predominant
text includes a date of 1452 (f. 169v; suggested from a chronogram by Les Enluminures).