Manuscripts


Valmadonna Collection Purchased by the National Library of Israel 2

This is very good news! It appears the entire collection has been purchased by the Israeli National Library. As I shared several years ago Sotheby’s was exhibiting and the family seeking to sell this incredibly important collection. It is particularly important for Targum scholars because it includes Valmadonna 1 (formerly Sassoon 282). The Sotheby’s catalogue described […]


Marginalia – Scribes say the darndest things 6

With an image like this, how could I not share this story? There are a number of sites that have posted this (HT: Hanne), it is a 2004 publication by Michael Camille, Image on the Edge: The Margins of Medieval Art. I have posted here before of a few marginal drawings in the Targum MS Solger. […]


Manuscript names: Sassoon 282 is Valmadonna No. 1 3

UPDATE In preparation for my book I transcribed Beattie’s list of MSS with adjustments to take into account the new name of the oldest manuscript, Valmadonna 1. See the bottom of this entry for the list. It also appears that V has now been sold by Sotheby’s on behalf of the Trust Library. While it […]


The drawback of digital images of manuscripts 1

I now have little excuse to travel and see the manuscripts in person. Of course once can still make the argument, especially if one’s area of research is primarily focused on manuscripts themselves it is absolutely necessary. But for those of us who simply need the text to see textual variances and so on, a […]