Auction 93 Part 1 - Manuscripts, Prints and Engravings, Objects and Facsimiles, from the Gross Family Collection, and Private Collections

Decorated Manuscript, Anthology of Works by the Fabricator Yitzchak son of Shmuel of Persia – Late 18th Century

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Manuscript, anthology of books on the zodiac, tekufot, various prayers and segulot, by the fabricator Yitzchak son of Shmuel of Persia. [Persia, ca. 1780s–1790s].
Decorated title pages with ornamental borders and colored, hollow letters. The pages of a large part of the manuscript are framed with borders comprising text, in the same technique. Oriental script. The manuscript comprises several works on the zodiacs, tekufot and other topics, see Hebrew description for list of contents.
R. Moshe Hillel studied the manuscript extensively, and came to the conclusion that this anthology is part of a group of works written or fabricated by Yitzchak [=Or] son of Shmuel of Persia. Some of the works comprising this manuscript were copied with errors and additions, while others are not known from any other source (see Hebrew description for further details; the text of Birkat HaChamah is copied from his own version of Sefer HaPeliah – see item no. 83). See: R. Moshe Hillel, Sifro shel Badai: Yitzchak ben Shmuel MiParas VeChiburav HaBeduyim, Jerusalem 2017 (the present manuscript is described on pp. 66–72).
Inscription in neat script on the back endpaper. Inscriptions in Hebrew and Arabic (in Arabic characters) on the endpapers.

[69] leaves. Approx. 17.5 cm. Fair–good condition. Stains, including dampstains. Marginal tears and wear. Several detached leaves. Old leather binding, damaged.

1. Kedem Auction 30, March 2013, item 203.
2. The Gross Family Collection, Tel Aviv, PS.011.013.

Jews of the Persian Expanse and India – Manuscripts