London: Facsimile Editions, 1996. Limited edition. Hardcover. 16mo. Approx. 5x4". 1/500. Facsimile vol: 226 leaves. Commentary vol: 275pp. Marbled paper slipcase, containing both a facsimile volume and a commentary volume. The facsimile volume is bound in half brown leather over fine vellum boards, spine lettering and tooled in gilt with weathering and aging by hand to replicate the look and feel of the original manuscript. Gilt top edge of the book block. The commentary volume is in a brown calf binding, with gilt ruling and lettering on the spine. The original quire formation of the manuscript has been scrupulously observed. This is #106 from a limited edition of 500 copies, hand numbered on the colophon slip laid in at the back of the facsimile manuscript volume. The facsimile volume has been printed on specially milled parchment paper in up to nine colors, and the commentary volume has been printed on Fariano Ingres paper 90 gsm. Facsimile Editions are considered the foremost producers of elaborate facsimiles of illuminated manuscripts in the world.
Of all medieval Hebrew manuscript Psalters (tehillim), one of the earliest and most important to survive is the masterpiece Ms. Parm. 1870 (Cod. De Rossi 510), the treasure of the Palatina Library in Parma, Italy. This profusely illuminated book of Psalms was written and decorated in about 1280, probably in Emilia in Northern Italy. Its 452 pages contain the biblical text in a clear, large vocalized Hebrew hand. Each psalm is illuminated and numbered, and many are exquisitely illustrated with musical instruments or with scenes described in the text. The accompanying volume contains commentary by Abraham ibn Ezra, the mediaeval Spanish Rabbi.
Text in Hebrew, commentary in English. In fine condition. fine. Item #44071