ISAAC BEN JOSEPH, of Corbeil (d. 1280). Sefer Mitsvot Katan (Semak) (with the glosses by R. Perets of Corbeil and others). MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM
Copied by Moses ben Eliezer for Nathan ben Solomon, [Ashkenaz], 1392
Measurements of fol. 76v: 265 x 183 mm; text space: 174 x 116 mm; upper margin: 37 mm, lower margin: 54 mm, inner margin: 29 mm, outer margin: 38 mm. 2 columns, column width right-hand column: 50 mm, column width left-hand column: 49 mm. 39 lines; ten lines: 41 mm. On vellum with equalized sides, only occasionally allowing for a distinction between hair and flesh sides, in which case the sheets are not arranged according to Gregory, with natural holes, original stitches and later repairs. 140 leaves: 1-138 144 (+ 2 before 1) 15-178 186, with partial foliations in Hebrew (erroneous; skipping fols. 70 and 90) and modern lead pencil. Single decorated catchwords with simple decoration, written vertically along the inner marginal line at the end of quires. Single prickings in the outer margins only, applied through the rectos of the folded quire; ruling by plummet on both sides of the unfolded sheet, first and last horizontal ruled lines are often longer. Filling the line is achieved by dilation of letters, or by anticipation of the next word in the line, indicated with a sign following the last letter; protruding lines are prevented by contraction of the last word, but occur occasionally, albeit with a space between the finished line and its continuation. Dark brown ink. Ashkenazic semi-cursive scripts. The scribe pointed out his name on fol. 55v. (First leaves extremely soiled [burned?], fol. 1r restored to size, no loss of text, on fol. 66 approximately 1/3 of the leaf missing, recently restored to size, resulting in the loss of the formulaic text of the Get which would normally be included there, old doodles on fols. 45r and 49r, occasional other modern minor repairs.) Modern blind and gold-tooled black morocco, two modern paper flyleaves at back and front.
Fol. r: original blank with later jottings, poorly legible.
Fols. v-15r: a Siddur for weekdays and Sabbaths (beginning missing).
Fols. 15rv: index.
Fols. 16r-140r: text Sefer Mitsvot Katan (with Simanim on fols. 132r-140v).
Fol. 131v: colophon.
Fols. 141rv: continuation of index.
The fact that the first part of the index (fols. 15rv), which may be expected to have been written after the text was finished, precedes the main text (which starts off on a new quire on fol. 16r), only to be concluded after the main text (fol. 131v) and the addition (fol. 140v) were finished, seems to justify the assumption that the Siddur was added after the Semak was written.
1. Zevi Hirsh Levin of Berlin, who indicated the title of the manuscript on the recto of the preliminary leaf, in his semi-cursive pseudo-Sephardic hand, which is also attested in other manuscripts in connection with his name.
2. Nathan ben Solomon (fol. 1r).
3. [...] ben Solomon of [...] (fol. 1r).
4. Solomon ben Nathan (fol. 1r).
5. Ephraim ben Nathan (fol. 1r).
6. Isaac ben Ephraim (fol. 1r).
7. Nathan ben Ephraim (fol. 1r).
8. Jacob ben Solomon Auerbach of Huettenheim (fols. 66r, 90v).
9. Jehiel Michel of Langetzen (?) (fol. 66v).
10. Jonathan ben Solomon Auerbach (fol. 66v).
11. Bona, daughter of Feis Heller (fol. 89v).
12. Solomon ben David Moses Auerbach (fol. 131v).
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 36, p. 13; Hebrew Paleography Project, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, No. C 569; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4704.