23 June 1999
HALEVI, David ben Samuel (Taz; 1586-1677). Turei Zahav (commentary on Tur Even ha-Ezer). MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER
[Central or Eastern Europe, 17th-18th century]
2o (340 x 230 mm). 115 leaves, modern lead pencil foliation. Brown ink. Ashkenazic semi-cursive scripts, different hands. (Some staining and fading, not affecting text, some repairs on fol. 1, affecting some text.) Nineteenth-century half-leather binding, one flyleaf at back and front.
The manuscript shows variations from the editions. The text is sometimes longer and sometimes shorter than the printed editions. See, e.g., chapter 1 and chapters 48:1 and 50:3. First published: Zolkiew 1754 (Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 310, no. 195). Three other manuscripts of the work exist: Oxford, MSS Opp. 56 and 291, and Copenhagen, Royal Library Cod. Sim. Hebr. 3.
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 21, p. 8; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4686.
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