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Bidding Information
Lot #    22016
Auction End Date    11/18/2008 12:01:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    The Lisbon Bible
Title (Hebrew)    śš'ź ģéńįåļ ųī'į
Author    [Bible - Facsimile]
City    Tel Aviv
Publisher    Nahar - Miskal
Publication Date    1988
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Crisp copy as issued.
          
Detailed
Description
   Facsimile of the beautifully decorated Lisbon Bible, a unique medieval Hebrew manuscript that was completed in 1482. Copied and illuminated in elaborate micrographic form by Samuel Ibn Mussa (The Scribe) for Joseph aI-Hakim of Lisbon, the original manuscript has been part of the British Library collection since 1882.

The 15th century was the Golden Age of Iberian Jewry, and the Lis­bon Bible is considered one of the finest examples of Jewish art pro­duced during this flourishing period. This is the first manuscript to display the elaborate ornamental technique used in the Lisbon stu­dios. The bible is illuminated in a rich array of colors and burnish­ed gold. The intricate filigree of the drawings and border decorations includes a number of motifs: plants, trees, flowers, peacocks, owls, dragons.

The highly legible and vocalized script displays the scribe's distinct, individual style, in the fines Sephardi tradition. The text is masorated in both detailed and abbreviated form, and the chapter headings for the 51 weekly portions of the Law are exquisitely decorated. One of the most beautiful features of this bible is the special section that lists the 613 commandments in their order of appearance in the Pentate­uch. The publishers of this facsimile edition of the Lisbon Bible employed special photographic and printing techniques to ensure an exact duplication of all the richness and detail of the original.

The end result is a sumptuously printed bible that is as legible and lavish today as when it was so painstakingly produced 500 years ago. The learned introduction was specially commissioned from Gabrielle Sed-Rajna of the Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes, Paris .

          
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Listing Classification
Period
20th Century:    Checked
  
Location
England:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
  
Subject
Bible:    Checked
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew, English
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica