Watermarks: A cross between '3' and 'C' in the outer corner of the folio (26 mm; e.g. fols. 4, 7, 36, 176): similar to Harlfinger 1974-80: Ancre 55 (1545-6); a trefoil flower between 'P' and '3' in the outer corner of the folio (32 mm; e.g. fols. 292, 320): similar to Harlfinger 1974-80: Lettres 75 (Venice, 1548, 1550).
Text space: David ben Moshe: (236-237) x (138-140) mm.
Meir and Scribe 2: (238-240) x (140-143) mm.
Green leather partly turned brown on wooden boards (348 x230 mm); gold-tooled similarly on front and back with a central roundel within an undulating lozenge in a large rectangle, decorated with floral motifs at the centre of each side and at the corners. The front roundel is inscribed CABALA, below is the letter A. The back roundel is inscribed קבלה and below is the letter א. The spine, blind-tooled with hatching, has four hidden cords and head and tail bands. On the edges of the front cover are vestiges of four groups of three plaited leather bands, two on the side edge and one each on the upper and lower edges, with corresponding holes for four nails on the edges of the back cover (for preserved bands see BSB Cod.hebr. 301). Each group of three bands terminated in a ring which was intended to hook over on the nails on the opposite cover. The leaves are gilt-edged.
This binding was made for Fugger by Andrea di Lorenzo inVenice(Hobson 1999:111-112). Similar bindings for BSB Cod.hebr. 17, 22, 24, 40, 52, 54 and BSB Cod.gr. 21, 39.
Watermarks on flyleaves: None.
The decoration is executed by David ben Moshe and Meir:
- David ben Moshe: decorated title on fol. 1' written in display script decorated with different motifs.
- David ben Moshe: decorated initial word on fol. 1 written in ribbon-like letters.
- David ben Moshe and Meir: crowns above the tetragrammaton, synonyms of the name of God, the words keter (crown), hesed (mercy), and bina (wisdom) (fols. 5v, 38, 50v, 61, 85v (crown), 97, 99v, 114 (mercy), 117 (wisdom), 218, 223v, 229v, 241, 243v, 285, 287v).
- David ben Moshe: catchwords decorated with a depiction of their literal meaning (fols. 150v
David ben Moshe appears in BSB Cod.hebr. 40, 52, and 54; Meir in BSB Cod.hebr. 7, 8, 15, 23, 27, 29, 31, 39, 44, 47, 49, 50, 54, 56, 58, 59; Scribe2 inBSB Cod.hebr. 12 and 30; and Scribe 3 only in this codex.