Loaned Exhibits for Future Display

Future loans from the Braginsky Collection, Zurich, Switzerland

Loan period: September 2020 – March 2021

French Mahzor, Rene Braginsky Collection

BCB 389 – French Mahzor

Technique: Ashkenazi, personal, liturgical. Ornamentation, some illustrations

Item’s country of origin: France

Period: 13th/14th centuries

Dimensions: 255 x 287 mm

Sefer Minhagim, Rene Braginsky Collection

BCB 252 – Sefer Minhagim

Technique: Ashkenazi customs, Italian traditional decoration. Fine drawings

Item’s country of origin: Northern Italy

Period: last third of the 15th century

Dimensions: 190 x 135 mm

Spanish/Portuguese Bible, Rene Braginsky Collection

BCB 243 – Spanish/Portuguese Bible

Technique: Spanish, personal, from the years of expulsion

Item’s country of origin: Spain/Portugal

Period: 1491/1494

Dimensions: 322 x 263 mm


Kelil Yofi, Rene Braginsky Collection

BCB 189 – Kelil Yofi

Technique: Manuscript, ink on vellum

Item’s country of origin: Constantinople, Byzantine Empire

Period: 15th century

Dimensions: 252 x 178 mm

BCB 389 – French Mahzor

  • Nathan ben Shmuel Segre(?), loaned the manuscript in 1589 to Eliezer ben Moshe? (fol. 9r)
  • Isaac Giron, purchased the manuscript from the widow of Menzah Montel (owners’ inscriptions, fols. 10r, 226r)
  • Solomon Halberstam (shelf no. 359)
  • Jews’ College, Ramsgate (Hirschfeld catalogue #202)
  • Important Hebrew Manuscripts from the Montefiore Endowment, October 27 & 28, 2004, Sotheby’s sale catalogue, lot 161
  • Important Judaica, December 19, 2012, Sotheby’s sale catalogue, lot 109

BCB 252 – Sefer Minhagim

  • Gittel bat … Samuel Ha-Dani (?) (fol. 54v)
  • Solomon Halberstam (shelf no. 144)
  • Important Hebrew Manuscripts from the Montefiore Endowment, October 27 & 28, 2004, Sotheby’s sale catalogue, lot 139

BCB 243 – Spanish/Portuguese Bible

  • Isaac bar Ishai ben Sason, in the colophons at the end of volumes II and IV as the person for whom the manuscript was made.
  • Convent of the Discalced Carmelites S. Paolo, Florence: the manuscript was seen here by Benjamin Kennicott, who included it as Nos 520 and 521 in his Dissertatio Generalis in Vetus Testamentum (1780), bound with the Vetus Testamentum Hebraicum (Oxford, 1776).

This location was also given by Giovanni Bernardo de Rossi when he made fuller transcriptions of the colophons: Variae Lectiones Veteris Testamenti, (Parma, 1784), vol.I, p.86.
It was sacked by the Napoleonic forces and what books remain from it are now relocated to the theological college of San Matteo in Arcetri.

  • Andoche Junot, duc d’Abrantès (1771-1813). The 1827 sale catalogue informs that the ‘Bible was deemed one of the finest Hebrew manuscripts of the Vatican, and reckoned the finest in existence. Junot, when Governor of Rome, laid his vandal hands on it, and deprived that noble library of one of its greatest treasures’. The Bible appears in neither the 1816 nor the 1817 sale catalogues of books from Junot’s exceptional library. Nonetheless, such a provenance is plausible: it accords with movement of the Bible from Italy to England — where Junot’s books were sold — at exactly the right date.
  • The Reverend Theodore Williams: no 348 in his sale at Stewart, Wheatley and Adlard, 7 April 1827, sold to Thorpe for £99. 15s.
  • Philip Augustus Hanrott: no 436 in his sale at Evans, 16 July 1833, to Pickering for £58. 16s. The catalogue mentions the provenance from the Vatican, Junot and the Reverend T. Williams.
  • Beriah Botfield.
  • Printed Books and Manuscripts from Longleat, June 13, 2002, Christie’s sale catalogue, lot 5

BCB 189 – Kelil Yofi

  • The manuscript was purchased by Judah ben Menahem Revitsi of Pumia (annotation on fol 1v, which includes his signature).
  • Christianus Andreas Sibers (fol. 1r)
  • Andr. Panz, Professor of Jena, 1701 (fol. 1r), who obtained it from Dr. D. Sibers.
  • Benj. Martinii Archidiac. Ohrdruffens. Et Consistor Höenl. Langenb. ibidem Adsessor (fol 1r)
  • Library of London Beth Din
  • Important Manuscripts and Printed Books from the Library of London Beth Din, June 23, 1999, lot 23