Summary and Remarks
Meir appears in BSB Cod.hebr. 7, 8, 11, 15, 23, 27, 29, 31, 39, 44, 47, 49, 50, 56, 58, 59; David ben Moshe
in BSB Cod.hebr. 11, 40, and 52.
Text space: Meir: (239-241) x (139-141) mm.
David ben Moshe: (234-236) x (141-144) mm.
Green leather partly turned brown on wooden boards (342 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, and the letter B below. The back roundel is inscribed קבלה and the letter ב below. 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 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 in the opposite cover. The leaves are gilt-edged.
This binding was executed for Fugger by Andrea di Lorenzo inVenice(Hobson 1999:111-112). Similar bindings in BSB: Cod.hebr. 11, 17, 22, 24, 40, 52 and BSB Cod.gr. 21, 39.
Watermarks on flyleaves: A trefoil flower between 'P' and '3' in the outer corner of the folio (32 mm; front cover third flyleaf): similar to Harlfinger 1974-80, Lettres 75 (Venice, 1548, 1550).
The decoration is by David ben Moshe and Meir:
- Meir: decorative initial panels and words opening some sections of the first treatise (fols. 2, 6v and 220).
- Meir: decoration flanking the text (fols. 51, 110, 242, 243).
- David ben Moshe and Meir: crown above the Tetragrammaton (e.g. fols. 74, 147).
- Meir: decoration of the first letter in the first line of the page (e.g. fol. 165).
- David ben Moshe: catchwords decorated with depictions of their literal meaning (fols. 169v and 200v).