23 June 1999
KAF HA-KETORET (kabbalistic-apocalyptic commentary on Psalms, composed shortly after the expulsion from Spain in 1492). MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER
Copied by Saadiah ben Moses M'salati (i.e. from M'Sala in Algeria) for Judah Zizah, Sunday, 35th day of the Omer 5318 
2o (284 x 204 mm). On laid paper. 175 leaves, modern lead pencil foliation. Dark brown ink. Oriental semi-cursive script and some square headings. (Some worming in first and last leaves, affecting single letters, dampstaining, generally good condition.) Modern blind and gold-tooled red morocco, blue paste-patterned edges, two modern paper flyleaves at back and front.
Fols. 1r-175r: text; 175r: colophon; 175v: blank.
Moshe Idel lists four manuscript copies of this unpublished commentary, three in the Bibliothque Nationale in Paris (MSS hb. 845-847) and this manuscript from the Beth Din library. Two other copies of this work are also known, one in the Schocken library in Jerusalem (MS 15791), and one in the Russian State Library in Moscow (Guenzburg collection 921), the latter copied in Adrianople in 1529.
Judah Zizah, commissioner (fol. 175r).
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 5, p. 2; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4674; G. Scholem, Major trends in Jewish mysticism (New York 1941) p. 248-249; G. Vajda, in Revue de l'histoire des religions 197 (1980) p. 45-58; M. Idel, in Sefunot 17 (1983) p. 195-201.
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