MS MOCATTA - Mocatta Manuscripts
UCL Special Collections
Sidur tefilot le-g. regalim ve-yamim nor'aim ke-minhagenu k.k. poh tov Tsan'a. Manuscript Jewish festival prayer book, rite of Sana (Yemen), containing prayers for the Pilgrim Festivals and Days of Awe. The Hebrew date (given as a chronogram) is 647 , i.e. 1886 or 1887. 19th century (French?) watermark on f.5. Apparently copied from an original with superlinear vowel-points.
Nineteenth century leather binding in Islamic style (same motifs can be seen in 16th century bindings). Top and bottom of spine have been cut. Red and green threads are an Islamic tradition. Fragment of printed Arabic on inside front cover.
1 volume containing 221 folios
From 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.
Transferred from the Mocatta Library (subsequently the Jewish Studies Library) of University College London.
The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.
University College London Special Collections also holds various other prayer books (Ref: MS MOCATTA 1, 2, 4, 7-10, 12, 18, 25, 35, 72, 75, 76).
Reginald Arthur Rye, 'Catalogue of the Printed Books and Manuscripts forming the library of F D Mocatta' (Harrison & Sons, London, 1904), 425.
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