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Lot 74

Manuscript, Segulot and Amulets – Illustrations and Diagrams – Italy, 19th Century

Manuscript, segulot, amulets and incantations. [Italy, 19th century]. Hebrew and Italian.
Neat script. Includes kabbalistic illustrations and diagrams. Hebrew and Italian, paragraph after paragraph. In Part II, the leaves are written from left to right.
Leaves [50–58] feature pentacle illustrations (based on the Key of Solomon, a Latin work from the Renaissance period).
This unique manuscript incorporates various traditions of magic, and makes use of prescriptions and amulets which originate from Christian writings. See: Alessia Bellusci, Jewish Magic in the Syncretic Renaissance, I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance, Volume 24, Number 1, Spring 2021.

[90] leaves (including 13 blank leaves). Approx. 13.5 cm. Fair–good condition. Stains, including dampstains. Worming, affecting text. Original, gilt–decorated leather binding, damaged.

Provenance: The Gross Family Collection, Tel Aviv, IT.011.016.