TALMUD BAVLI. Masekhet Eruvin ke-fi asher nidpas be-Amsterdam. MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER
[Cleve (Germany)], copied by Mordecai ben Samson Altschuler [of Cologne], begun on 16 Shevat 5479 (1719)
8o (149 x 85 mm). 104 leaves. Brown ink. Ashkenazic semi-cursive script. Title within simple decorated frame. (Slightly soiled, some dampstaining, generally fine condition.) Modern blind and gold-tooled red morocco, two modern paper flyleaves at back and front.
Fols. [1r-2v]: originally blank with later inscriptions; 1r: title-page; 1v: blank; 2r-r: text; v-v: originally blank with later inscriptions on fol. 105v.
The text probably was copied from one of the Amsterdam printed editions: Amsterdam 1644-1646 (Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 33, no. 105), or more likely, Amsterdam 1714-1716 (Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 55, no. 1086).
The same scribe completed tractate Shabbat a few months earlier in Heshvan 5479 (1718); MS Paris, Alliance Isralite Universelle, H115A; he also copied a kabbalistic manuscript in this collection (No. 106) in Hamburg in 1724. He is probably identical with Mordecai ben Samson of Cologne who copied another kabbalistic manuscript in Cleve in 1714; Copenhagen, Royal Library, Cod. Sim. Hebr. 61. Three further manuscripts of his are kept in the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana in the Amsterdam University Library, one of the tractate Shabbat, executed in Cleve 1711-1717 (Hs. Ros. 321), a complete Talmud Bavli of 1715-1721 (Hs. Ros. 323) and a 1713 manuscript of Hayyim Vital's Sefer Ets Chayyim (Hs. Ros. 559).
1. Zevi Hirsh ben Aryeh Loeb Levin of Berlin, as indicated in various inscriptions in Hebrew and Latin, on two blanks preceding and the one blank following the text.
2. Various other names in Latin script occur, including David Salomon of Grossburg, Bendito del [...].
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 8, p. 3; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4677.