North French Hebrew Miscellany

Come to Special Collections to look at and learn about a spectacular book recently acquired by Special Collections


Thursday, January 30, 2014 | 4:30-5:30 PM | Free & Open to the Public
Special Collections, McHenry Library (3rd floor), UC Santa Cruz
Questions? or (831) 459-5655

11639  742bUCSC Special Collections has recently acquired a facsimile of one of the world’s most important medieval Jewish manuscripts, the North French Hebrew Miscellany.

The manuscript was written and lavishly illustrated in northern France in about 1280 at a time of upheaval for the Jews of Europe. Comprising almost 1500 pages with 84 different groups of texts, this small volume served as a portable library. The texts include scripture, daily prayers, mahzor, the Passover Haggadah, religious poetry, blessings, calendars, formularies for legal deeds and the earliest known copy of Isaac de Corbeil’s Sefer Mitsvot Katan, composed in 1277. Three to five artists worked with the scribe to decorate and illuminate the manuscript, most likely in or near Troyes. It is now housed in the British Library.

Please join us to welcome this wonderful addition to Special Collections – the facsimile will be on display and Professors Sharon Kinoshita and Gildas Hamel will share their expertise with us.

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