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

Manuscript, Songs and Piyyutim – Rhodes, 1872 – Illustrated Title Page – Fine Binding

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Manuscript, songs and piyyutim. Rhodes, [1872].
Illustrated title page with floral motifs, stating that the manuscript was scribed by Chizkiyah Moshe David Israel and completed on 9th Iyar 1872 in Rhodes.
The songs and piyyutim are organized according to maqam types.
Includes many piyyutim by R. Yisrael Najara and his close disciple R. Avtalyon son of R. Mordechai. See Hebrew description for more details on the contents of the manuscript.
Blank leaves between the various maqams; piyyutim in a different hand were scribed on some of them. Several glosses and additions in a different hand throughout the manuscript.
Ownership inscriptions in Ladino, in Hebrew and Latin characters, on the title page and first and final leaves.

Illustrated manuscripts originating from Rhodes are exceptionally rare.

[4], 96, [2] leaves (including blank pages). 20 cm. Good condition. Stains, including dampstains and purple ink stains to several pages. Several marginal tears. Inscriptions, signatures and stamp. Fine, new gilt–decorated leather binding, incorporating parts of original binding.

The present manuscript is from the end of the Ottoman rule of Rhodes, before the island was conquered by the Italians in the early 20th century.

Provenance: The Gross Family Collection, Tel Aviv, OT.011.008.

Italian and Greek Jewry – Manuscripts and Printed Items