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Astronomical anthology Oversize LJS 57
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Manuscript Overview
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Abstract

Collection of astronomical texts, including a copy of a treatise on the calendar originally compiled for Pedro IV, King of Aragon, with an almanac of oppositions and conjunctions of the sun and moon and predictions of lunar and solar eclipses; four short works by the 12th-century scientist Abraham Ibn Ezra on an introduction to astrology, choosing the most auspicious moment for a given activity, the zodiac, and astrology concerning humankind collectively; and a Hebrew translation of Ptolemy's Almagest, with numerous tables, diagrams, and illustrations.

Physical Description

Support: parchment; Extent: 114 leaves : 275 x 204 (190 x 132) mm. bound to 288 x 224 mm; Foliation: Parchment, iv (modern paper) + 114 + iv (modern paper; [1-228]; modern pagination in pencil, upper outer corners.

Layout

Text written in 2 columns of 37 lines; some leaves ruled in faint ink.

Script

Written in Sephardic cursive script by multiple hands, one perhaps of a scribe named Moshe (p. 2); headings written in square script.

Decoration

2 full-page color illustrations in gouache and ink of constellation maps (p. 112-113); 43 smaller illustrations of constellations in gouache and ink with gold bezants for stars (p. 117-144); panel headpiece in interlaced red and green penwork and full border of gold bezants flourished in colored ink (p. 1); numerous full-page diagrams and tables in red and brown ink; Gothic penwork infilling frames on some tables (p. 196-211); headings in red or green ink.

For a full list of Decorations in this manuscript please see the Content and Decorations section by clicking on the [i] button in the top left corner of the image viewer above.

Notes

Ms. codex.

Title supplied by cataloger.

Dimensions of original manuscript: 275 x 204 (190 x 132) mm. bound to 288 x 224 mm.

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

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Keywords
14th century
Diagrams
Illumination
Astrology
Astronomy
Illumination
Illustration
Spain
Sephardi
University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Place of Origin

Catalonia

Date

Written in Catalonia, ca. 1361.

Binding

Modern blind-stamped morocco, with 2 sets of clasps and catches.

Language

Hebrew

Provenance

Formerly owned by David Solomon Sassoon (Ms. 823), probably purchased in the mid-1920s.

Offered for sale as part of Sassoon's collection at auction at Sotheby's (Zurich), 5 November 1975, lot 15.

Offered for sale as part of Sassoon's collection at auction at Sotheby's (New York), 4 December 1984, lot 88.

Formerly owned by the Carl Alexander Floersheim Trust for Art and Judaica (Bermuda).

Sold at auction at Sotheby's, 10 Dec. 1996, lot 48, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg.

Gift of Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2013.

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Place of Origin

Catalonia

Date

Written in Catalonia, ca. 1361.

Language

Hebrew

Provenance

Formerly owned by David Solomon Sassoon

Offered for sale as part of Sassoon's collection at auction at Sotheby's

Offered for sale as part of Sassoon's collection at auction at Sotheby's

Formerly owned by the Carl Alexander Floersheim Trust for Art and Judaica

Sold at auction at Sotheby's, 10 Dec. 1996, lot 48, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg.

Gift of Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2013.

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

Collection of astronomical texts, including a copy of a treatise on the calendar originally compiled for Pedro IV, King of Aragon, with an almanac of oppositions and conjunctions of the sun and moon and predictions of lunar and solar eclipses; four short works by the 12th-century scientist Abraham Ibn Ezra on an introduction to astrology, choosing the most auspicious moment for a given activity, the zodiac, and astrology concerning humankind collectively; and a Hebrew translation of Ptolemy's Almagest, with numerous tables, diagrams, and illustrations.

Notes

Ms. codex.

Title supplied by cataloger.

Dimensions of original manuscript: 275 x 204 (190 x 132) mm. bound to 288 x 224 mm.

Script note

Written in Sephardic cursive script by multiple hands, one perhaps of a scribe named Moshe (p. 2); headings written in square script.

Decoration Note

2 full-page color illustrations in gouache and ink of constellation maps (p. 112-113); 43 smaller illustrations of constellations in gouache and ink with gold bezants for stars (p. 117-144); panel headpiece in interlaced red and green penwork and full border of gold bezants flourished in colored ink (p. 1); numerous full-page diagrams and tables in red and brown ink; Gothic penwork infilling frames on some tables (p. 196-211); headings in red or green ink.

For a full list of Decorations in this manuscript please see the Content and Decorations section by clicking on the [i] button in the top left corner of the image viewer above.

References
Binding Images

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Spine

Keywords
14th century
Diagrams
Astrology
Astronomy
Illustration
Spain
Sephardi
University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
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