StorageSiteUCL Special Collections
Reference Number MS MOCATTA/1
TitleHaggadah (Sephardic)
Date[Early 14th century]
DescriptionManuscript Haggadah, for Passover Eve: Jewish order of service for domestic use. On the upper and lower, as well as side margins are excerpts from Midrashim, and some prayers. Folios 12v to 50v contain the Hebrew text of Song of Songs, Ruth and Ecclesiastes, followed by the Torah reading for the first day of Passover (Exodus 12: 21-51).
Extent1 volume containing 58 folios
AdminHistoryThis Haggadah is possibly of Castilian origin. The micrography may have been executed by Jacob, the scribe of the Rylands Haggadah, the Catalan Mahzor and the Nahum Bible, who was working in Barcelona in the second quarter of the fourteenth century.
CustodialHistoryFrom the library of Frederic David Mocatta, deposited in 1905 by the Jewish Historical Society. Formerly held with other Jewish collections in the Mocatta Library of University College London.
AcquisitionTransferred from the Mocatta Library (subsequently the Jewish Studies Library) of University College London.
AccessConditionsThe papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.
Related MaterialUniversity College London Special Collections also holds various other prayer books (Ref: MS MOCATTA 2, 4, 7-10, 12, 18, 23, 25, 35, 72, 75, 76).
FindingAidsReginald Arthur Rye, 'Catalogue of the Printed Books and Manuscripts forming the library of F D Mocatta' (Harrison & Sons, London, 1904), 424-5.
PublnNoteMore detailed descriptions of the Haggadah and illustrations of the manuscript are given in 'Convivencia: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Medieval Spain', ed V Mann, T Glick and J Dodds (New York, 1992), p 192, and Leila Avrin, 'The Mocatta Haggadah and Other Works by the Master of the Catalan Mahzor' in 'Hebrew Studies: Papers Presented at a Colloquium on Resources for Hebraica in Europe' ed Diana Rowland Smith and Peter Shmuel Salinger (London, 1991), p 139-148.
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