KIMHI, David (Narbonne, 1160?-1235?). Commentary on Ezekiel and the twelve Minor Prophets, with the Biblical text in the outer margins. MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM
[Sefarad (possibly Provence), 14th century]
298 x 203 mm. On vellum with distinguishable hair and flesh sides, arranged according to Gregory. 184 leaves: 1-248 259, modern lead pencil foliation, skipping a leaf between 43 and 44. Lacking a quire between fols. 40 and 41 (quire 6), and between fols. 143 and 144 (quire 20). Catchwords on most verso pages, signatures at the end of most quires, prickings in outer and lower and upper margins usually preserved, both blind and plummet ruling. Dark brown ink. Sephardic semi-cursive script in two different heights, the Biblical text written in separate columns in the outer margins in smaller script with full vocalization, the commentary unvocalized, some square headings. Various owners' inscriptions, scribbles and doodles on fols. 1r and 184v. (Wormed at beginning and end only, slightly affecting the marginal text, quite a few natural holes and other natural variations in the parchment, not affecting the text, with wax seal on last page, with the exception of the first and last leaves in very good condition.) Modern blind and gold-tooled brown morocco, blue-speckled edges, two modern paper flyleaves at back and front.
Fols. 1r: blank, with later additions; 1v-184r: text; 184v: blank, with later additions.
First printed in Guadalajara, Spain, in 1482 (Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 168, no. 24).
On fol. 184v the names of Ferrer ben Saul de Bourrin, Abram de Bourrin and Saul de Bourrin occur. Gallia Judaica lists a physician Salves Vidal de Bourrin in Arles in the 1370s and also the name Ferrer or Ferrier appears in the entry on Arles. They are not the same as our de Bourrin, but were probably from the same family in Provence.
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 4, p. 1-2; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4673.