23 June 1999
ABULAFIA, Abraham ben Samuel (c. 1240-1292). Razei Chayyei ha-Olam ha-Ba (kabbalistic treatise on the Divine Names). MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER
Copied by Shalom ben Jacob Luria of Brody, completed in Copenhagen, 5549 (= 1789)
4o (325 x 200 mm).  + 84 + [1 blank] leaves. Brown ink. Ashkenazic semi-cursive script. With a simple decorative architectural title-page, executed in the text ink. Numerous illustrative tables and schematic drawings, diagrams on fols. 75r-83v without Hebrew text, attractive calligraphy. (Occasional slight marginal soiling, otherwise excellent condition.) Modern blind and gold-tooled brown morocco, two modern paper flyleaves at back and front.
Fols. rv: blank; r: title-page; v: blank; 1r-84r: text; 84v-r: blank.
The scribe added a short preface of his own. The date mentioned in the central rosette at the bottom of the title-page reads 1689; the correct date, 1789, can be found on the right-hand side of this rosette and is corroborated by a date found in another manuscript by this scribe, another copy of this text with a similar decorated title-page, executed in Copenhagen in the same year (MS Oxford, Mich. 143). The work exists in many manuscripts. The first part of the work was printed for the first time in Jerusalem 1999.
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 71, p. 25; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4741.
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