ALFASI, Isaac ben Jacob (Rif; 1013-1103). Hilkhot ha-Rif (on Rosh Hashanah, Sukkah, Yoma, Mo'ed Katan, Shabbat, Eruvin, Chullin, minor laws, Niddah and Orders Nashim and Nezikin; at the end Pirkei Avot). MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM
[Spain, 14th century]
227 x 160 mm. On vellum with distinguishable hair and flesh sides, arranged according to Gregory. 455 leaves (imperfect at the beginning, see contents). Later Hebrew foliation in ink. Usually six bifolia per quire. Brown ink. Sephardic square scripts. Copied by two scribes. The first scribe copied fols. 1r-266r and pointed out his name, Jacob, on fol. 260r. The second, Hezekiah Kohen ben Isaac Hakohen, copied fols. 266v-455r and wrote the colophon on fol. 455r stating that he copied the manuscript for Moses Halevi, whose name was erased, with limited success, by a later owner. With contemporary and later marginal annotations in different hands (partly cropped), later running titles (partly cropped). (Some minor tears, hardly affecting the text, first and last leaves scuffed and with damage, some natural holes, slightly soiled and with some stains, generally good condition.) Modern blind and gold-tooled brown morocco, two modern paper flyleaves at back and front, old red stained edges.
Fols. 1r: last lines of Rosh Hashanah; 1v-10v: Sukkah; 10v-15r: Yoma; 15r-29v: Mo'ed Katan; 29v-83r: Shabbat; 83r-110v: Eruvin; 110v-138r: Chullin; 138r-139v: Laws of ritual impurity; 139v-150r: Minor laws; 150r-153v: Niddah; 154r-170v: Kiddushin; 170v-218r: Ketubbot; 218r-241v: Gittin; 242r-285r: Yevamot; 285r-314v: Bava Kamma; 315r-365v: Bava Metsi'a; 365v-410r: Bava Batra; 410r-421r: Sanhedrin; 421r-424r: Makkot; 424r-438v: Shevu'ot; 438v-450r: Avoda Zarah; 450r-455r: Pirkei Avot; 455r: colophon; 455v: originally blank with later inscriptions.
First printed in an undated incunable, printed in Spain or Portugal (Offenberg, Census, p. 6, No. 4; Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 337, no. 5, assuming Toledo [probably erroneously] as the place of printing).
1. On the commissioner, see above.
2. This manuscript probably belonged to Rabbi Solomon Luria (Maharshal) whose name is signed on fol. 455v: Solomon ben Jehiel Luria of Posen, known as Solomon R. Isaacs (after his maternal grandfather and teacher, Isaac Klober).
3. Names of other owners (ibidem): Meshullam Fayvesh; Fayvesh ben Israel Samuel; Samuel ben Meshullam Fayvesh; Benjamin Wolf ben Israel Moses; Jacob ben Eliakim Goetz from Posen; Benjamin ben Fayvesh.
4. Daniel Itzig (stamped).
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 10, p. 4; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4681.