23 June 1999
VITAL, Hayyim (Safed; 1542-1620). Otserot Chayyim. MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER
[Central or Eastern Europe, 18th century]
4o (210 x 170 mm). 134 +  leaves. Brown ink. Ashkenazic semi-cursive script. With some instructive drawings in the text. (Browned, edges frayed.) Modern blind and gold-tooled blue morocco, two modern paper flyleaves at back and front, two additional older flyleaves with old inscriptions preserved at the front.
With the glosses by Moses Zacuto, Benjamin ben Eliezer Hakohen and Nathan Spira. On the recto of the second old paper flyleaf at the front a later hand added a list of abbreviations used in the book. At the end of the manuscript there are eight numbered leaves from another copy of Otserot Chayyim, two blanks and two fold-out leaves with instructive drawings and tables.
Aaron Katz of Brisk, a teacher (melamed) in Neuenburg (recto of first old flyleaf at the front).
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 83, p. 27; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4748.
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