The Rothschild Miscellany facsimile
The ROTHSCHILD MISCELLANY, treasure of the Israel Museum Jerusalem, is the most elegantly and lavishly executed Hebrew manuscript of the fifteenth century. From its inception it was planned as a sumptuous work to encompass, in minute detail, almost every custom of religious and secular Jewish life. More a library than a book, the manuscript comprises 37 religious and secular works including, Psalms, Job, Siddur, Mahzor, Haggadah, Pirkei Avot and Meshal Haqadmoni.
---The facsimile was printed in up to 11 colours on a specially made parchment paper and burnished gold was copied by laying metal leaf by hand to a raised surface. Sample leaves measure 21 x 15.6cm (8.25 x 6.10in)
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£ 65.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 1 folio 1
King David the musician, at the beginning of the Book of Psalms.




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 44 folio 44
King David the writer in one of the most outstanding scenes from the book.




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 45 folio 45
The opening page of the Book of Job shows an idyllic landscape which represents Job's happy existence at the beginning of the story.




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 64 folio 64
Depicting Job and his seven sons and three daughters, 'Nowhere in the land were women as beautiful as Job's daughters to be found…'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 65 folio 65
The Lord gave Job twice what he had before. 'God gave to Job a foretaste of the bliss of paradise…'

folio 65v: On the back is the beginning of the Book of Proverbs depicting King Solomon teaching both his Jewish and non-Jewish pupils.




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 78 folio 78
The end of the Book of Proverbs depicts a woman of worth 'Eshet Chayil' and shows others pointing at her with respect.




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 79 folio 79
The beginning of the Siddur (Prayer Book) depicts a man on his way to the synagogue





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 80 folio 80
Adon Olam, a song dealing with God's omnipotence and providence and verso, a song in praise of 'The Lord our God, who formed man in wisdom, who heals all creatures and does wonders.'

folio 80v: On the back, a song in praise of 'The Lord our God, who formed man in wisdom, who heals all creatures and does wonders'.




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 83 folio 83
An old Jew at prayer in front of a golden lectern reciting the prayer hoping that 'the Temple be speedily rebuilt in our days'.




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 84 folio 84
Blessed be He who spoke and the world came into being… Blessed be he who created the universe.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 87 folio 87
O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever. …'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 90 folio 90
The crossing of the Red Sea. Pharoah in a full suit of golden armour is drowned while the Israelites watch safely from dry land.




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 103 folio 103
Nishmat, 'The soul of every living being shall bless Thy name…'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 105 folio 105
A faithful Jew recites, Al Ha-kol Yitgadal 'Above all magnified and hallowed be the name of the Supreme King'.




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 113 folio 113
Al Hanissim 'for the miracles and the redemption'. A man lights the Menorah at Chanucah.




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 114 folio 114
Prayers for Purim depicting Haman and his sons ending, 'Thou didst hang Haman'





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 118 folio 118
Seder Birkhat Milah, the circumcision ceremony




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 120 folio 120
The Wedding Ceremony and the Seven benedictions for a wedding.





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 121 folio 121
Conclusion of Sheva Berakhot, the seven benedictions for a wedding. Birds fly around the words, 'Kol sasson' Voice of joy…'





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 123 folio 123
Eruv Tavshilin, the symbolic act that permits cooking for the Sabbath on a festival immediately preceding it and the Eruv Hazerot.




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 125 folio 125
Prayers recited at Sukkot (Tabernacles)




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 127 folio 127
The traveller's prayer




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 130 folio 130
Kiddush halevana, the prayer for the New Moon




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 131 folio 131
Kiddush for Rosh Hashana




£ 65.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 132 folio 132
Zahrenu prayer, recited at the New Year, 'Remember us for life O King….inscribe us in the Book of Life…'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 137 folio 137
A man is blowing a shofar (ram's horn) within a minyan (a group of at least ten males) to depict 'Yom Teru'ah', the day of the blowing





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 139 folio 139
Confessing sins on The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 142 folio 142
A beautifully decorated page containing part of the Amidah recited during Yom Kippur.




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 143 folio 143
Ne'ilah, the closing prayer on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 146 folio 146
A beautifully illuminated leaf containing part of the Amidah recited during Yom Kippur




£ 65.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 147 folio 147
Hosha'not poetical prayers recited during Sukkot, (Tabernacles) 'Please save us!'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 155 folio 155
The preparation for Passover, showing a man searching for Hametz with a candle and a feather, and the preparation of matzo unleavened bread





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 156 folio 156
The beginning of the Sanctification (Kiddush) prayers recited on the Sabbath when Passover falls on a Friday night. The images portray a man and a woman sitting at a festive table and reciting the prayers over wine. Verso, the couple continue the celebration of Passover.





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 157 folio 157
Ma Nishtanah, Why is this night different. The four questions recited at Passover. Verso, the four sons.




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 158 folio 158
The drowning of the newborn sons





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 161 folio 161
Contains the blessings and instructions for the Seder. Below the Seder table is a dog illustrating that dogs were silent during the Exodus





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 163 folio 163
Out of narrow confines did I call upon God… God answered me by giving me … freedom;' King David is shown coming out from the rocks.





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 164 folio 164
Piyyutim for Passover. The four miniatures depict Abraham's victory over the Canaanite Kings, Jacob wrestling the angel, Sisera defeated by Debora and Barak and Daniel and the lion





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 165 folio 165
Piyyutim for Passover. The four miniatures depict Abraham entertaining the angels, Gabriel hurling fiery rocks over Sodom, Esther and Haman.





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 166 folio 166
Next year in Jerusalem.




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 174 folio 174
The beginning of the Eight Chapters of Maimonides, marked by a portrait of the author in the margin.




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 197 folio 197
The end of the work by Maimonides.





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 205 folio 205
Piyyutim. A child riding a deer under a beautiful sky.




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 217 folio 217
Yozer (hymn) with a portrayal of the heroes Judah the Maccabee and Judith with Holofernes' head.





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 246 folio 246
Beginning of the hymns sung at marriages showing a wedding scene.




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 273 folio 273
Shir Hakavod (Song of Glory). Two winged golden angels hold a scroll




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 298 folio 298
Beginning of Meshal Haqadmoni (morals of the ancients by Ibn Sahula) Moral tales retold in much of Ashkenaz in the Middle Ages





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 303 folio 303
Meshal Haqadmoni. 'Image of the lion and his two friends.'





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 304 folio 304
Meshal Haqadmoni. 'Image of the wild ass walking with the animals behind him' Verso, 'image of the beasts taking delight and the she-asses grazing next to them'





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 305 folio 305
Meshal Haqadmoni. 'Image of the fox lauding and praising and humbly bowing down..' and verso 'image of the fox confessing his sins and asking for mercy before the lion, his master.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 308 folio 308
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the stag expounding, standing before all and preaching.'





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 309 folio 309
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the dog speaking to the cow and keeping her company.'





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 311 folio 311
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of both the wolf and the fox, and the bear passes before them.'





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 312 folio 312
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the lion and his ministers rejoicing, eating, drinking and celebrating.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 313 folio 313
Meshal Haqadmoni “Image of the interlocutor and the author, speaking to each other.”




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 314 folio 314
Meshal Haqadmoni, a moral tale featuring a ram and a goat.




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 315 folio 315
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the woman encouraged by her lover and leaning upon her beloved.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 316 folio 316
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of a man enjoying himself at his table and his wife stanidng as consort at his right.' Verso, 'Image of the adulteress going with her beloved and the fire of his love is in her bosom.'





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 317 folio 317
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the man crying and distressed, while the wheel (i.e. stream) of his cries rises, his horns are exalted and his sighs increased.' Verso, Image of the shepherd burning incense and sacrificing on the wood which is upon the altar.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 318 folio 318
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the cock speaking and composing fables against the hawk.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 321 folio 321
Meshal Haqadmoni, “Image of the hermit explaining his message and the man repents of his sins.”




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 322 folio 322
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the groom and the adorned bride, the guest and the members of the family.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 327 folio 327
Meshal Haqadmoni, “Image of the eagle on his seat and the birds’ Sanhedrin sits round him.”





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 328 folio 328
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the hawk hanging, whith his head covered.' Verso, 'Image of the eagle and his guests eating. Fables are told about him.'





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 334 folio 334
Meshal Haqadmoni, A delightful scene of a rat and a mouse in front of a mousetrap. Verso, 'Image of the host and members of his household around his table.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 335 folio 335
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the miser trapped in his denial and his wife gives him balm to drink as his soul leaves him.'





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 339 folio 339
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the interlocutor and the autohor speaking to each other.' Verso, 'Image of the judge and the eloquent ministers consulting and taking counsel.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 341 folio 341
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the rabbit speaking from the wall. And the greyhound has disguised himself as a humble creature.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 343 folio 343
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the old man speaking at the table. And the youth composes flowery phrases to answer him.' Verso, 'Image of the youth amidst the bushes counting the towers.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 322 folio 345
Meshal Haqadmoni, “Image of the king beckoning his people to bow down and rejoice before his son-in-law.”




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 346 folio 346
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the man mourning for his son. And the cup of his wrath is in the hand of the Egyptian.' Verso, 'Image of the fisherman in a boat and two fish mourning and lamenting.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 347 folio 347
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the man who looks and of what he sees, both in one line, as if the eye were a (central) dot (of the converging lines) and what is seen the (circumference of) a circle.




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 351 folio 351
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the raven taking leave of the dove, its wings spread. It flies away as an eagle toward heaven.' In the second miniature, 'Image of the eagle regretting his move, and he halts upon his thigh.'





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 352 folio 352
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the interlocutor and the author speaking to each other.' Verso, 'Image of the frog hiding in the lake while the stork speaks in her ear.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 353 folio 353
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image Image of the astrologers, each in his glory and each with his instrument of destruction in his hand.'





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 355 folio 355
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the astrologer telling his ideas while the books of the dead are open before him.' Verso, 'Image of the astrologers, two and two they came and were hid in prison houses.'





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 356 folio 356
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of a youth falling into the water as decreed by the stars in heaven.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 357 folio 357
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'With the aid of the cause of all causes I will write the writ of Apologies.' Alongside, in another panel, 'Image of the stork flying about and the frog is gathered between its teeth.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 358 folio 358
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the akko and the young buck. A cluster of camphire blossoms.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 359 folio 359
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the astrologers advising according to the constellations and they cast lots.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 361 folio 361
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the earth and its climates, the inhabited world and all that is in it.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 363 folio 363
Meshal Haqadmoni, A diagram containing an “Image of the earth and all its climates, the inhabited world and all that is in it.”





£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 364 folio 364
Meshal Haqadmoni. Recto an astrologer. Verso, 'Image of the spheres of the firmament, adhering to each other like the skins of an onion.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 366 folio 366
Meshal Haqadmoni. A diagram showing the orbit of the sun relative to the sphere of the zodiac




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 368 folio 368
Meshal Haqadmoni, 'Image of the akko clarifying his thoughts while the young buck talks of his affairs.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 369 folio 369
Epilogue of Meshal Haqadmoni. 'Image of the author carrying peace to many, to him that is far off, and to him that is near.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 403 folio 403
And he seized the knife to slaughte rit and the bird opened its beak and sang.'




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 418 folio 418
Sefer Sod Hasodot. The book of the Secret of Secrets. A beautiful miniature depicting a man writing at his desk by an open door revealing a bountiful landscape.




£ 55.00 Rothschild Miscellany folio 472 folio 472
This last quire is decorated with flowers and rabbits.