The first membrane in the scroll is partly original. Possibly the original text was damaged and this part of the sheet was removed and replaced by another one; the border is original.
The Book of Esther in Hebrew
The scroll is formed of 6 sheets containing 19 columns of the text + a column with benedictions and initial verses of the liturgical poem with 23-25 lines, except for col. 16 with 11 lines divided into two half-columns.
Sheets nos. 1-3 contain 4 columns of the text, sheet no. 4 contains 5 columns, and sheet no. 6 2 columns.
The benedictions sheet (sheet no. 6) is a later addition to the scroll; on the place where it is joined with sheet no. 5, a narrow strip of fabric (silk?) was glued.
According to the Library: "the scroll has most likely been donated to the library by Auguste Louis Pécoul (1837-1916) in 1906, along with what constitutes the largest part of our Oriental collection" (see Aurélie Bosc, Le Goût de l'Orient exhibition's catalogue, 150-151).