ZACUTO, Moses (c. 1620-1697). Mikdash ha-Shem (commentary on the Zohar of Genesis to Numbers, according to the Lurianic Kabbalah). MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER
Partly copied by Azriel of Krotoshin, [Central or Eastern Europe, c. 1710]
2 volumes, 4o (210 x 155 mm). 302 + 299 leaves. Brown ink. Different Sephardic scripts; vol. I, fols. 1-62 were copied by Azriel ben Samuel of Krotoshin in his imitation Sephardic script (cf. Neubauer no. 56, lot 148). (Vol. I in poor condition with severe dampstaining, considerable loss of text in larger part of the volume, some text quite faded, some leaves silked with archival tissue, other repairs; vol. II browned and stained, otherwise in reasonable condition.) Blind and gold-tooled light and dark brown morocco, two modern paper flyleaves at back and front.
This long commentary was published only in abridged form in Shalom Buzaglo's Mikdash Melekh (Amsterdam 1750; Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 67, no. 1633). The marginal notes are by Azriel Krotoshin. Azriel of Krotoshin, who also called himself Azriel Cracow of Friedberg, copied many manuscripts, usually in an Askenazic script, but sometimes in a pseudo-Sephardic script. He copied several manuscripts for David Oppenheim (now in the Bodleian Library in Oxford), some of them in Prague, at the beginning of the eighteenth century. This work exists in more than twenty other manuscripts.
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 60, p. 23 (it is not entirely clear whether Neubauer described both volumes); Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4726. (2)