1 volume (211 leaves) : paper ; 21 x 15 cm bound to 22 x 16 cm
Isaac ben Joseph of Corbeil's Sefer mitsṿot ḳaṭan, which is based upon Moses ben Joseph of Coucy's Sefer mitsṿot gadol, with the contemporary glosses of Perez ben Elijah of Corbeil, one of Isaac ben Joseph's students. Perez ben Elijah's gloss has been carefully, and even elaborately, integrated. There are also numerous other notes and glosses written in the margins. This manuscript was written in four hands and signed by one of its scribes, Meir ben Isaac (fol. 1 r) who is known from two other manuscripts copied in northern Italy at roughly the same time (Parma, Biblioteca Palatina, cod. 3261 and Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS héb. 1223). It was also signed by three censors, Isaac of Arles (fol. 1r), Giovanni Domenico Vistorini in 1619 (fol. 211v), and Laurentius Franguellus in 1574 (fol 211v).
Ms. codex. Title devised by cataloger. Collation: Paper (four watermarks: Briquet 13040, Raisin; two similar but not identical to Briquet 14294 and 14316, tête de bœuf; and one fruit, not in Briquet), fol. i (modern paper) + 211 + i (modern paper); 1-6¹⁰ 7-10¹² 11-17 ¹⁰ 18--20⁸ 21⁶ 22⁴⁽⁻⁴⁾. Catchwords on verso. Layout: Written predominately in long lines of 24 lines, some use of curved and straight columns for the gloss. Margins frame-ruled, double ruled on outer margin, in plummet; some columns ruled in dry-point. Script: Written in semi-cursive Hebrew with headings in bookhand and glosses in a smaller script. Decoration: Some letters embellished and several of the catchwords have been decorated and embellished with a pen and ink profile (fol. 118r), pineapple? (fol. 128v), Janus profile (fol. 138v), plant? (fol. 148v), face (158v), a sheep or dog (168v), and trees? (fol. 178v). There are also doodles, two fleurs-de-lis (fol. 126r and 101v) and a profile (158v) among them. Origin: Likely written during the mid-fifteenth century, possibly in northern Italy. Shelfmark: Berkeley, CA, the Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law, Robbins MS 307.
Restrictions: Inquiries concerning this item should be directed to the reference librarian for the Robbins Collection.
Descriptive catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts of the Montefiore Library, 1904, page 31.
Isaac ben Joseph of Corbeil (d. 1280) was a French rabbi and codifier of the thirteenth century. He was a student of his father-in-law Jehiel ben Joseph of Paris, and Samuel of Évreux. He is best known for his Ammude ha-Golah or Sefer Mitzvot Katan, so much so that his sometimes referred to as Semak after the work's initials. The Sefer Mitzvot Katan was widely read and became a source for codifiers such as Aaron ha-Cohen of Lunel and Joseph Colon. Perez ben Elijah of Corbeil (d. ca. 1296) was French tosafist and the student of Isaac ben Joseph of Corbeil, as well as Jehiel ben Joseph of Paris and Samuel of Évreux. He also travelled to Germany where he studied with Meir ben Baruch of Rothenburg. Perez ben Elijah wrote influential glosses to the Sefer Mitzvot Katan, the Talmud, the Tashba₃, and the Sefer Perez.
Previously in the collections of Solomon Halberstam, Sir Moses Montefiore, and London, Jews' College, as part of the Montefiore Endowment. Square of paper printed and inscribed "Montefiore MS 123. HA NO. 149 Library" affixed to the spine and the front endpapers. "149" inscribed in blue pencil on and in pen on a square of paper affixed to fol. 1r. Red-ink stamp on fol. 1r and 122v. Square of paper with "Amude Hazolak onit[?] jusatzim" inscribed in pencil affixed to 1r.
Modern binding in dark blue buckram over pasteboard. Spine separated from binding. "Montefiore" stamped in gilt on binding.
Publications About Described Materials Note
Sefer ʻAmude golah: hem shivʻah ʻamude ⁻lam asher niḳra ba-shem Sefer Mitsṿot ḳaṭan, Yerushalayim : Hotsaʼat Yerid ha-sefarim, 2005. Sefer ʻAmude golah : hem shivʻah ʻamude ʻolam : niḳra be-shem Sefer Mitsṿot ḳaṭan / asher ḥatsav Yitsḥaḳ mi-Ḳorbil ; ʻim perush Imre Yehosef me-et Ḥayim Yehosef Ralbag, [New York, 1959].
Robbins MS 307
RBCAG Robbins MS 307
Sefer mitsṿot ḳaṭan., (Robbins Ms. 307)