Text space: Scribe 9: (236-238) x (140-142) mm.
Yaakov ben Yosef: (240-242) x (131-138) mm.
Green leather, turned brown, on wooden boards (355 x 235 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 קבלה; below it is the letter ח (erased). The back roundel is inscribed CABALA. 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 groups 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 Cod.hebr. 301). Each group of three bands terminated in a ring intended to hook over 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 in BSB: Cod.hebr. 40, 11, 22, 24, 52, 54 and e.g. Cod.gr. 21, 39.
Watermarks of the flyleaves: A trefoil flower between 'P' and '3' in the outer corner of the folio (32 mm; back cover first flyleaf): similar to Harlfinger 1974-80, Lettres 75 (Venice, 1548, 1550).
The decoration is by Yaakov ben Yosef:
Decorative title with a pen-drawn image of The Faithful Shepherd illustrating the title רעיא מהימנא
(fol. 169). For similar titles, captions and initial words see: BSB Cod.hebr. 10, fol. 1; Cod.hebr. 15,
fol. 245; Cod.hebr. 22, fols. 1, 70, 181; Cod.hebr. 24, fols. 165, 213; Cod.hebr. 32, fol. 1; Cod.hebr. 40, fols. 160, 161, 219, 219v; Cod.hebr. 48, fol. 1; Cod.hebr. 52, fol. 1; Cod.hebr. 62, fols. 1, 183.
Yaakov ben Yosef appears in BSB Cod.hebr. 10, 12, 15, 22, 24, 27, 31, 32, 40, 43, 48, 49, 52, 57, 58, 62, 73; Scribe 9 only in this codex.