, Add MS 20746
Sefer ha-yesodot by Euclid. 1400-1499.
The thirteen Books of the Elements of Euclid, with the addition of two
Books at the end which are ascribed to Hypsikles.
The Hebrew translator
was Moses ben Samuel ibn Tibbon
Figures throughout the manuscript.
Book ii begins on folio 15v; book iii, folio 23r; book iv, folio 35r; book v,
folio 41v; book vi, folio 51v; book vii, folio 64r; book viii, folio 70v; book ix,
folio folio 80v; book x, folio 89r; book xi, folio 135v; book xii, folio 151r;
book, folio xiii, folio 160v.
Folio 177v gives a list of fifteen books with the
number of figures belonging to each, the entire number being stated to be
466. The Numbers of the figures are also stated in later writing at the end
of the different books.
Folios 101-102 contain a fragment of a work on
arithmetic (in a later Ashkenazi script). Author, (Moses ibn Tibbon)'s
colophon on folio 177r.
Latin inscription on folio 1r suggesting erroneously
that the MS was written by the translator Moses ibn Tibbon in 1270 (see
Paper codex of the 15th century.
Codex. Mixed. 177 folios. Dimensions (leaf): 280 x 200/205 mm.
Dimensions (written): 205 x 140 mm.
Foliation: 177 folios (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and
at the end). Folio 9 is double, there is no folio 10.
Collation: 10 quires: i18, ii-iv20, v16, vi20, vii18, viii-ix16, x14-1.
Condition: Ink spills. Tidemarks. Foxing at edges. Iron gall ink corrosion.
Layout: Uniform layout. Ruling by hard point, leaf by leaf on verso. Larger
square initials. Marginal notes and additions, sometimes folded by later
binder. Leaf catchwords and numbering of the paragraphs inconsistently
carried out. Portions of the text reduplicated on folios 78v- 79r, and folios
Script (summary): Hebrew. Sefardi semi-cursive script of the 15th century.
Binding: BM in-house. Spine: 'Euclidis Elementorum Libri A.R. Mose Aben
Tibbon Versi Hebraice. Brit. Mus. Additional 20,746'.
Illegible ownership entry, crossed out. , A record of sale of the manuscript,
written by Natan ben Yitsḥaḳ Yaʿaḳov Bon from Reuven ben Horgo(?) dated
קניתי זה הספר בק"ק אלטונייא אצל ק"ק האמבורג מן היתום ראובן בן חורגו של ש"ב כמר יעקב בר : 1633
....שמואל זלה"ה נאם נתן בן לא"א(?) יצחק יעקב בון זלה"ה היום יום שני לסדר כי תשא שנת השצג לפק
(Adolphus Asher) (b. 1800, d. 1853), Berlin bookseller and dealer to the
British Museum 1841-1853: purchased from him on 26 May 1855: inscribed.
Copyright © The British Library Board.