Lisbon Bible: 1482. British Library Or. 2626: Sad-Rajna, Gabrielle (Introduction) Lisbon Bible: 1482. British Library Or. 2626: Sad-Rajna, Gabrielle (Introduction) Lisbon Bible: 1482. British Library Or. 2626: Sad-Rajna, Gabrielle (Introduction) Lisbon Bible: 1482. British Library Or. 2626: Sad-Rajna, Gabrielle (Introduction)

Lisbon Bible: 1482. British Library Or. 2626

Sad-Rajna, Gabrielle (Introduction)

Published by Nahar Miskal, Tel Aviv, 1988
Condition: vg Hardcover
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Large quarto. 21, 18, 184 double facsimile pages (368pp). Original blind-tooled brown leather with gold lettering on front cover and spine. Book housed in its original publisher's box. Facsimile of the beautifully decorated Lisbon Bible, a unique medieval Hebrew manuscript that was completed in 1482. Copied and illuminated in elaborate micrographic form by Samuel Ibn Mussa (The Scribe) for Joseph aI-Hakim of Lisbon, the original manuscript has been part of the British Library collection since 1882. The 15th century was the Golden Age of Iberian Jewry, and the Lisbon Bible is considered one of the finest examples of Jewish art produced during this flourishing period. This is the first manuscript to display the elaborate ornamental technique used in the Lisbon studios. The Bible is illuminated in a rich array of colors and burnished gold. The intricate filigree of the drawings and border decorations includes a number of motifs: plants, trees, flowers, peacocks, owls, dragons. The highly legible and vocalized script displays the scribe's distinct, individual style, in the fines Sephardi tradition. The text is masorated in both detailed and abbreviated form, and the chapter headings for the 51 weekly portions of the Law are exquisitely decorated. One of the most beautiful features of this Bible is the special section that lists the 613 commandments in their order of appearance in the Pentateuch. The publishers of this facsimile edition of the Lisbon Bible employed special photographic and printing techniques to ensure an exact duplication of all the richness and detail of the original. The end result is a sumptuously printed bible that is as legible and lavish today as when it was so painstakingly produced 500 years ago. The learned introduction was specially commissioned from Gabrielle Sed-Rajna of the Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes, Paris. Introduction in English, text in Hebrew. Moderate rubbing and shelf wear along edges of publisher's box. Box in overall good, binding in good+ to very good, interior in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 25417

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Title: Lisbon Bible: 1482. British Library Or. 2626

Publisher: Nahar Miskal, Tel Aviv

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:vg

Edition: Facsimile edition

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