[Place of production not identified], [between 1600 and 1699]
81 leaves : paper ; 210 x 150 (160 x 120) mm bound to 220 x 160
The work contained in the manuscript is a commentary written by Moses Judah Abbas on the minor tractates Kalah, Evel Rabati (this one until chapter 13) and Derekh Erets. In the last-named tractate chapters iii and iv are written as one chapter. It is also incomplete, and contains only about a third of chapter iv. Lacuna after fol. 1. An existing description of the manuscripts says that this is an autograph by the author, although no evidence was found in the manuscript.
Ms. codex. Title supplied by cataloger. Collation: Paper, fol. 81; 1⁶ (lacks fol. 6) 2-5⁸ 6² 7-10⁸ 11⁶ plus one bifolium inserted. Catchwords in the bottom margins, by the hand of the scribe. Layout: Written in up to 36 long lines, with interlinear glosses. Not ruled. Most folios have tabs created from the folio itself during the cutting of the paper, used as bookmarks. Occasional marginal notes. Written in semicursive Sefardic masheit script, by one hand. Binding: 18th-century brown marbled paper over pasteboard, with small traces of red seals on the front and on the back cover. Quarter bound in leather. Spine wormed and sprung from text block, hinges detached. Flyleaves in light blue paper. The binding is now detached and kept in the manuscript file. Origin: Written in the 17th century. Shelfmark: Berkeley, CA, The Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law, Robbins MS 273.
Hirschfeld, Hartwig. Descriptive catalogue of Hebrew manuscripts of the Montefiore Library, The Jewish Quarterly Review vol. 14, n. 1, p. 173. Higger, Michael. Masekhtot Kalah: ve-hen masekhet Kalah, masekhet Kalah rabati (Jerusalem : Makor, 1970), p. 41.
On fol. 81v, there is a black stamp which reads: "Yeshivat Ohel Mosheh, Ramsgate", which refers to the Spanish-Portuguese Jewish seminary at Ramsgate, England: this manuscript used to belong to the library of Moses Montefiore, who lived in Ramsgate and had a library there. In addition, on inside back cover and on the spine, there are two identical bookplates which read: "Montefiore MS. 64 Ha No. 346 Library". The letters "Ha." and the numbers refer to the manuscripts from the Solomon Halberstan collection, which used to be a part of the Montefiore Library. This manuscript, together with the bulk of the Montefiore library, was later transferred to Jews' College, London. In the manuscript was found a torn strip from a French newspaper (possibly a bookmark by a former owner), together with a piece of paper with a short note written in pencil, 20th century, which reads: "Bene Dio ... 26 Mai". An existing description names one more former owner, Hayyim Joseph David Azulai, but no evidence was found in the manuscript.
RBCAG Robbins MS 273
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