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LJS 499 - Farissol, Abraham ben Mordecai, ca. 1451-ca. 1525 - [Igeret orḥot ʻolam] ... [etc.]
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Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 499 - Farissol, Abraham ben Mordecai, ca. 1451-ca. 1525 - [Igeret orḥot ʻolam] ... [etc.]
Farissol, Abraham ben Mordecai, ca. 1451-ca. 1525.
[Igeret orḥot ʻolam] ... [etc.] [manuscript].
[Italy, after 1525]
Physical description:
36 leaves : paper ; 197 x 143 (130 x 92) mm. bound to 206 x 153 mm.
Geographical treatise on the locations of all dispersed Jewish peoples, including the first mention of the New World in Hebrew, a diagram representing the sky over the New World, and accounts of the coasts of Africa, India, and the Far East, followed by a copy of a brief 15th-century treatise on chess.
Ms. codex.
Title for manuscript supplied by cataloger from title for predominant work (Sotheby's).
Collation: Paper, i + 36 + i; 1-3¹⁰ 4⁶. Catchwords on most leaves (f. 2-33), lower left verso.
Layout: Written in 30 long lines; ruled in faint ink with vertical bounding lines.
Script: Written in Italian semi-cursive Hebrew script by Joseph ben Abraham Finzi di Legnago (Fabrizio Lelli), with a note and drawing in the hand of the author (f. 32v, according to Edna Engel), and a brief work added at the end of the manuscript in a later hand (f. 35r-36r).
Decoration: Diagram of 6 stars and 16 symbols resembling the letter S, with a caption explaining that they represent stars and lines in the sky in the New World (f. 32v); decorative additions in the outer margins of the early leaves of the manuscript, including several manicules (f. 1r-12v).
Binding: Modern morocco, blind-tooled, over pasteboards.
Origin: Written in northern Italy, probably Ferrara, after 1525 (Edna Engel).
The author and his scribal workshop, but not this manuscript, are discussed in Engel, Edna. "Abraham ben Mordecai Farissol: Sephardi tradition of book making in northern Italy of the Renaissance period." In Jewish Art 18 (1992), 149-167.
Cite as:
LJS 499
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania LJS 499
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