Hebrew Manuscripts : Commentary on the Pentateuch by Nachmanides

Moshe ben Nahman, ca. 1195-ca. 1270משה בן נחמן, 1194-1270

Hebrew Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'>This is an illuminated specimen of Nachmanides' commentary on the Pentateuch, most likely produced in fifteenth-century Italy. It has been suggested that the elaborate borders containing medallions showing animals, birds and putti were executed by the Florentine miniaturist Francesco d’Antonio del Chierico. Other scholars have suggested another Italian miniaturist, Mariano del Buono. The manuscript was censored by Giovanni Antonio Costanzi in 1769. The manuscript was purchased by Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford from Bernard Quaritch (b. 1819, d. 1899), bookseller and publisher in 1872. It perhaps came from a collection of Hebrew manuscripts from Palestine sold by Rabbi Coronel in London the same year. The manuscript formerly belonged to Michael Solomon Alexander, the first Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem. It bears an Italian censorship inscription dated 16 August 1769.</p>

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