SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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The Rothschild Miscellany.

London: Facsimile Editions, 1989.
www.facsimilie-editions. com/en/rm (27645)
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London: Facsimile Editions, 1989.

Limited edition (1/550). 2 volume set; 4to. Blind tooled goatskin boards with head and tail bands and secured by 4 silver clasps. Comes with a cloth bound hinged slipcase for both volumes. The Rothschild Miscellany is a Renaissance era Hebrew manuscript, commissioned by Moses ben Yekuthiel Hakohen in 1479. it is widely considered to be the greatest work of Hebrew manuscript art from this period. From the beginning the miscellany was designed to cover in minute detail the wide ranging customs of religious and secular Jewish life. The miscellany includes more than 37 religious secular works. The religious books include: Psalms, Proverbs, and Job as well as a yearly prayer book including the Passover Haggadah. The secular books include philosophy and morality. The artwork for the miniatures, with their landscapes and spatial perspectives, demonstrates Renaissance influence and likely were produced in a Christian workshop in Ferrara. The work closely resembles the 'Borso d'Este Bible'. Commentary volume, produced by 5 scholars, offers a technical discussion of the artwork and palaeography and background on Hebrew manuscripts and Renaissance art. This volume is illustrated with full colour plates. Text in Hebrew. Minor shelf wear on slipcases; in good overall condition. Hardcover.