Avignon (?), Provence, France, Dec. 1422.
Original 15th-century dark brown goatskin over wooden boards, rebacked and resewn, preserving original vellum pastedowns; original bosses and clasps.
Gift of the Trustees of the William S. Glazier Collection, 1984.
618 leaves (2 columns, 27 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 167 50-16-50 mm
Made for Vidal Astruc de Carcassonne, Arles; his arms (?) on fol. 17v (azure, an estoile of six points gules above Hebrew characters (...) gules, the estoile joined to the middle character; Jacob Vidal de Carcassonne, Avignon, before Nov. 1458; Dieuloqresquas Astruc Botarel, Avignon, from Nov. 1458; Moshe de Siri (or de Siris), Avignon, from Nov. 1465; Samuel Joseph ben R. Joseph ben Samuel de Medina, 1591; purchased in Jan. 1958 from William H. Schab, New York for William S. Glazier (1907-1962), New York; deposited in the Pierpont Morgan Library by the Trustees of the William S. Glazier Collection in 1963.
Ms. Bible, includes masorah magna and parva; written and illuminated in Provence, France, probably Avignon; transcription finished Dec. 1422.
Scribe: Simon ben Rabbi Samuel (Astruc Samiel d'Ascola), known to be active in Avignon, who signed his name and dated the manuscript.
Decoration: 35 illuminated initial words or titles, 3 illuminated borders, 1 illuminated colophon.
Textiles: silk curtains protecting some of the miniatures.
square Hebrew with full vocalization and cantillation symbols