CORDOVERO, Moses, of Safed (1522-1570). Pardes Rimmonim (kabbalistic work). MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER
Copied by [...] ben Daniel for Aaron ibn Hayyim and by Joseph ben Jacob Zaruk Alfasalsi, Tafza (Morocco), 21 Shevat 5353 (= 1593)
2o (295 x 200 mm). 279 leaves, some leaves missing at the beginning and some bound out of order. Dark brown ink. Two North-African hands. With kabbalistic diagrams and tables. (Margins frayed with old strengthening, especially at beginning and end, some loss of text, other minor defects with old repairs, affecting single letters, stained and somewhat browned.) Nineteenth-century maroon half morocco (faded, scuffed), slipcase, two paper flyleaves at back and front.
The author was probably the most important predecessor of Isaac Luria. Up to fol. 226r the text was copied by [...] ben Daniel for Aaron ibn Hayyim. Fols. 227r-end were copied by Joseph ben Jacob Zaruk Alfasalsi in the village of Tafza and completed on 21 Shevat 5353 (= 1593). This manuscript includes the poem by Isaac ben Meshullam of Posen which was printed in the first edition (Cracow 1591/2; Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 636, no. 151), of which Isaac ben Meshullam was the printer. With glosses in the margins by Aaron [ben Yeshua] Siboni who wrote a note at the end of the manuscript explaining that he collated the manuscript with the edition. Over 25 other manuscripts of this work are extant.
1. Aaron Siboni purchased the manuscript in Marrakech from David ibn Mas'ud.
2. Moses ben Shalom Buzaglo purchased the manuscript in Rabat in 1697 or 1692 from the heirs of David ben Aaron Siboni. He recorded the purchase and signed his name at the beginning and the end of the manuscript and on several other pages in the middle.
3. Most of the other owners were eminent rabbis in Morocco and their biographies were recorded in Joseph Benaim's biographical dictionary Malkhei Rabbanan (Jerusalem 1931). Aaron ben Hayyim (the commissioner) lived in Fez towards the end of the sixteenth century and authored several books (cf. Malkhei Rabbanan, fols. 19rv); Aaron Siboni lived in Sale in the second half of the seventeenth century and edited Hekhal ha-Kodesh (Amsterdam 1653; cf. ibid., fol. 20r, and EJ, vol. 14, col. 1490); Moses Buzaglo was a learned scholar (cf. ibid., fol. 91r). It is probable that his son, Shalom Buzaglo (cf. MS 61) brought the manuscript to London when he emigrated to England.
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 109, p. 32; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4775.