144 leaves : paper ; 241 x 169 (186 x 110) mm bound to 257 x 176 mm
Text of the Sefer ha-Mitsvot (Kitāb al-farāʼid). Preceding the main text is an enumeration of the 613 Commandments and an introduction.
Ms. codex. Title from title page (fol. 1v). Collation: Paper, fol. 144 (watermark depicts a moon inside a shield); 1⁸¹ 2-18⁸ 19⁸⁻¹; catchwords at the end of each page. Layout: Written in 27 long lines. Ruled in dry point. Script: Section headings written in Yemenite square script, main text in Sephardic mashait script, by one hand. Decoration: Title (fol. 1v) in red and black ink in form of house; the end of the section on Positive Commandments (80v) is an intricate design in red and black; initials throughout touched with red, black and green ink. Binding: Modern half vellum and cloth over wooden boards; stiff, brown paper for endsheet and pastedown. Origin: On the title page page (fol. 1r) the scribe writes "Written for the love and passion of (my) good friend, (a) good man ... my beloved ... Yaʼish ibn Selim al-Badiḥi ... "; the colophon on fol. the scribe writes "God should help me ... I the scribe, the dust at the feet of scribes, the weak, the wretched, the lowest of the low ... the young Salem ibn Yaḥya ibn Ḥayim Koraḥ ... Written for the love and passion of (my) upstanding friend of good lineage ... Yaʼish ibn Selim al-Badiḥi, here in the holy community of Ṣanʻāʼ on the 6th day of the week (Friday) on the first of the month of Ḥeshvan the year 2216 of Shetarot 664 of creation (=1904) ..." Shelfmark: Berkeley, CA, The Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law, Robbins MS 281.
Formatted Contents Note
Fol. 2r-15r: Enumeration of the 613 Commandments ; fol. 15v-17v: blank ; fol. 18r-38v: Introduction ; 39r-139v: Sefer ha-Mitsvot (Book of Commandments) ; fol. 140r: Scribe's colophon ; 140v-144v: blank.
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A previous owner inscribed Psalm 24:1 in Sephardic script, upside down, on fol. 43v (a common owner's inscription), indicating that this owner was likely Yemenite.
Robbins MS 281
RBCAG Robbins MS 281
Kitāb al-farāʼiḍ., (Robbins Ms. 281)