Copies of letters of the Finzi family (f. 1r-12v), including reference to Abraham Cohen or Abraham Arie ben Benjamin Portaleone, possibly also known as Abraham ben David Portaleone, a famous physician of Mantua; homiletical comments on the Biblical story of Joseph (f. 13r-14v); and an anonymous translation from Arabic into Hebrew of an abridgment of Avicenna's Qānūn fī al-ṭibb (Canon), which begins with a list of human limbs and their qualities and proceeds to the middle of the third chapter (f. 15r-19v).
Ms. codex. Title for manuscript from title supplied for predominant work. Foliation: Paper, 21; [1-21]; modern foliation in pencil, upper left recto. Layout: Written in 28 (f. 1r-14v) and 20 (f. 15r-19v) long lines. Script: Written in Italian Ashkenazi semi-cursive script, by at least 2 hands (f. 1r-14v, 15r-19v). Binding: 19th-century marbled boards with cloth spine. Origin: Written in Italy, ca. 1490.
Lawrence J. Schoenberg & Barbara Brizdle Manuscript Initiative.
Formerly owned by the Jewish scholar and collector S. J. Halberstam, no. 404 (number inscribed in ink, verso of front flyleaf, verso of second flyleaf after manuscript, and label on spine). Sold as part of Halberstam's library to Judith Montefiore College (Ramsgate, England), Ms. 468 (label inside upper cover). Sold at auction at Sotheby's as part of a collection of manuscripts from the Montefiore Endowment, 27 Oct. 2004, lot 350, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg. Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2011.
Described in Transformation of knowledge: early manuscripts from the collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg (London: Paul Holberton, 2006), p. 82 (LJS 469).