Cervera Bible, 1299-1300 CE

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Cervera Bible, 1299-1300 CE

349.99

Cervera Bible

 

Language: Hebrew

Date Created: July 30, 1299  -  May 19, 1300

Pages: 904

 

Reproduction dimensions: 11.25 Tall x 8.75 Wide (inches)


 

 

The Cervera Bible is among the oldest and most significant Sephardi Bibles to survive the destruction of most of the Jewish communities in the kingdoms of Castile and Aragon beginning in 1391 and the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492 and from Portugal in 1498. An extremely rare example of the Iberian Hebrew paleography of its time, this manuscript on parchment consists of 451 folios in two columns, each with 31 lines. Profusely illuminated in gold and color with Mozarabic and Jewish motifs, it includes the books of the Old Testament, the Masorah, and a grammatical treatise, Sefer Ha-Nikud, written by Rabbi David Kimhi (circa 1160−circa 1235).

 

This is a rare example of a Hebrew manuscript containing an explicit signature of the artist. It includes ornamental page borders, full-page illuminations representing Jewish iconography, and smaller illuminations illustrating parts of the Old Testament.


Reproduction Details:

The hardcover books are made with wood and either cowhide or soft lamb skin. The binding is a combination of modern and old world techniques. We perfect bind the book block first, then the book is hand sewn (oversewn style) into 20 page signatures and then multiple layers of mull cloth are applied. Drying in between each layer. The end result is a binding that will last generations to come.

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