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    LetterBodl. MS heb. d 66/58

    Letter from ʿOvadya ha-Kohen b. Iṣḥaq to his cousin and friend Abū Zikrī Yaḥyā ha-Kohen b. Yosef b. Yiftaḥ in Tinnīs, mentioning other kohanim. ʿOvadya …

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    LetterENA NS 77.149

    Possibly a letter from a professional scribe. In Judaeo-Arabic. Very faded. Mentions "finishing all of the sections of..." (istīfāʾ jamīʿ furūʿ), including a Murshid (Guide) …

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    List or tableT-S Ar.51.78

    Yefet the book seller is reminding the buyer - the Nasi himself, about a debt left to pay for buying books. (data from Alloni, The …

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    LetterT-S NS 264.22

    Letter in Judaeo-Arabic (recto) and Hebrew (verso). From the well-known scribe Abū l-Mufaḍḍal Shelomo b. Shemuel b. Seʿadya ha-Levi (titled al-Dayyān al-Maskil); Shelomo was active …

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    LetterCUL Or.1081 2.28

    Small fragment of a letter. On verso there is a booklist including entries such as Kitāb al-Khalīqa, Kitāb Juʿrāfiyya (געראפיה = Geograph), Divrei ha-Yamim, Kunnāsh …

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    LetterJRL Gaster heb. ms 1861/13

    Letter in Judaeo-Arabic to Abū l-Ḥasan in which the writer reminds him to come and bring him the book know as Razim. Verso was not …

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    LetterT-S Misc.36.134

    Letter in Judaeo-Arabic. The writer asks for a copy of Saadya Gaon's tafsīr of Ezra and Daniel or his tafsīr of Proverbs and Job or …

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    Legal documentT-S 8J6.7

    Legal document. Unsigned. Location: Fustat. Dated: Last decade of Tammuz 1540 Seleucid, which is 1229 CE. In which Shelomo b. Eliyyahu purchases from Abū l-Faḍl …

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    LetterT-S NS 320.78

    Verso: Note (ruqʿa) addressed to Abū l-Ḥasan. In Judaeo-Arabic. It seems that the sender has enclosed a copy of Tehillim and wants to sell it …

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    LetterT-S AS 146.175

    Letter in the hand of Moshe b. Levi ha-Levi (d. 1212), probably in Qalyūb, probably to his father Abū Sahl Levi (d. 1211), in Fustat. …

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    List or tableCUL Or.1080 J159

    Page from a bookseller's ledger, containing many names. (Information from Goitein's index cards)

    ‏ אלשיך אבי אלמגד אלמלמד כראריס //מן// אלתהלים ‎ 1
    ‏ ד ‎
    ‏ אלמלמד [[ר אברהם אלמחלי]] כ…

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    LetterT-S 16.301

    Letter from Shemuel b. Yehuda ha-Bavli to Berakhot ha-Khaver. Shemuel writes that after searching the book dealers of Egypt for rare titles, he learned in …


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    ‏ בשם רחמ ‎ 1
    ‏ שלום משמי שפרה ויד ושם ותפארה וכניעת אויב ‎ 2
    ‏ …

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    List or tableHalper 469

    List of accounts from a bookseller, mentioning a number of titles of known works. (Information from Halper, Catalogue)

    ‏ כתר גדול נאה ‎ 1
    ‏ לי ענד אלשיך אבו אלחסן ‎ 2
    ‏ בקיה תמן שקה לאניס ‎ 3
    ‏ דינ [[ ]] קבצת תפסיר ‎ 4
    ‏ דניאל ה דרא ונצף…

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    LetterT-S 8J19.31

    Note from a bookseller stating that he had kept a volume but the interested future buyer had not paid money, and he could not let …

    ‏ יא מן אנא כאדמה אן תעלם אנני מא אעקת אלמצחף אלא ‎ 1
    ‏ כראמא לכם וצאחבה ילזני עלי אלמבלג פאן כאן ‎ 2
    ‏ תהיא שי אעלמני לאנני מא קדרת…

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    Paraliterary textT-S AS 147.19

    Colophon to the first Parashah in Leviticus for the name Halfon b. Yeshu'a b. Halfon.

    ‏ ויקרא אל משה וידבר [ייי] אליו מאהל ‎ 1
    ‏ מועד לאמר דבר אל בני ישראל [ו]אמ[רת ‎ 2
    ‏ אלהם אדם כי יקריב מכם קרבן [לייי ‎ 3
    ‏ מן…

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    List or tableT-S AS 147.26

    List of books with names of persons and prices. (Information from Goitein's index cards)

    ‏ כרארס מן כתובות . . . .ת ארוס בן אבי אלפכר ‎ 1
    ‏ עלי אלמחלי ‎ 2
    ‏ יא ‎ …

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    List or tableT-S NS 228.3

    A bookseller keeps books, some of them borrowed from others. (Information from Goitein typed text and Goitein's index cards)

    ‏ אלדי לי פי אלכזאנה ‎ 1
    ‏ אבות דר נתן ומא הי לי הי ללשיך ‎ 2
    ‏ אבו מנצור בן אלצבג ‎ 3
    ‏ …

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    List or tableT-S Ar.7.21

    Private accounts written by Nahray b. Nissim. Around 1058. Details about expenses. Mentions books. (Information from Gil, Kingdom, Vol. 2, #286) VMR

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    Unknown typeBL OR 5542.32

    Recto: calligraphic note (complete) to Abu 'Imran regarding the binding of a book. Also mentions the color of the silk. As for a certain person …

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    LetterBodl. MS heb. c 28/23

    Letter from a synagogue dignitary to a donor. In Judaeo-Arabic. Dating: early 13th century (during the period of Eliyyahu the Judge and Avraham Maimonides). Concerning …

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    List or tableBodl. MS heb. f 56/49

    Inventory of the books and furnishings of the Palestinian Synagogue received by Ṭāhir b. Maḥfūẓ al-Khādim. (Cf. previous fragment.) Dated: Ḥeshvan 1498 Seleucid, which is …

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    List or tableBodl. MS heb. f 56/50

    Inventory of the books and furnishings of the Iraqi synagogue. (Cf. previous fragment.) Abū l-Faraj b. Abū Saʿd al-Miṣrī takes over the service of the …

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    List or tableENA 2713.53

    Accounts in Judaeo-Arabic. Possibly recorded by a bookseller and, based on one type of coinage in use, the yüzlük ("יוזליס" l.3r), the document dates probably …

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    LetterT-S Misc.28.140

    Hebrew letter, likely a draft, from Moshe b. Levi ha-Levi to a distinguished physician (but probably not Maimonides: Moshe b. Levi blesses his "sons" rather …


    ‎Recto:
    ‏ שלום רב וג ‎ 1
    ‏ והאיש משה וג ‎ 2
    ‏ כי ארך ימים וג ‎ 3
    ‏ …

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    Literary textENA 1822a.62

    Recto: Letter or letter draft. There is a poetic introduction in Hebrew, with wide space between the lines. The marginal text is Judaeo-Arabic, filled with …

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    LetterENA 2735.7

    Recto: Letter in Judaeo-Arabic from "your brother Musa" (Moshe b. Levi ha-Levi) asking the recipent to sell for him the Mishnah and Hilkhot Shehitah and …

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    LetterENA NS 48.25

    Letters in Judaeo-Arabic. On a narrow sliver of paper. Recto: Letter addressed to Elʿazar, complaining about the addressee's delay in copying the quires (karārīs). The …

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    List or tableT-S NS 296.27

    Book list. In Judaeo-Arabic and Greek/Coptic numerals. Dating: Probably 13th century. "The number of books of the shaykh [...]. The first: 15. The second: 14. …

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    List or tableJRL SERIES B 3584

    Recto: Accounts in Arabic. Verso: Probably a bookseller's account, who is selling off the Hebrew books that belonged to R. Yosef ZL, including Halakhot Pesuqot …

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    List or tableBodl. MS heb. b 3/35

    Accounts of a bookseller from first half of the 12th century, as it mentions Netanel ha-Shishi. There are lists in Judaeo-Arabic on both sides, as …

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    LetterT-S Ar.18(1).48

    Letter in Judaeo-Arabic dealing with the book trade. In a slightly crude hand with some orthographic features more usual for later Classical Judaeo-Arabic letter writing, …

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    LetterT-S Misc.28.191

    Letter from a learned man in the Fayyūm to R. ʿOvadya and R. Ḥananel. In Hebrew and Judaeo-Arabic. Dating: No earlier than the late 12th …

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    LetterT-S NS 155.76

    Letter in the hand of the professional scribe Shelomo b. Shemuel b. Seʿadya (fl. early 13th century). In Judaeo-Arabic. Possibly a draft. He is reporting …

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    LetterMoss. II,179

    Letter in Judaeo-Arabic. The writer asks the addressee to retrieve all of the writer's books that are currently with the 'Rav.' They include parts of …

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    List or tableStras. 4068/30

    Descriptions of the contents of a collection of books in two different hands: the first, neater block names Yehudah b. Yahya and the text of …

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    List or tableMoss. I,106.2

    Inventory of books. Only 8 books listed. Not edited by Allony. (Information in part from CUDL)

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    List or tableT-S Ar.52.214

    Accounts of a book dealer. Written in a mixture of Arabic script and Hebrew script. Dated: Ḥeshvan 1556 Seleucid, which is October 1244 CE. Including …

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    Legal documentBodl. MS heb. d 66/119 + T-S NS J404

    Records of book sales, in the hand of Shelomo b. Eliyyahu. Dated: Monday, 16 Tammuz 1540 Seleucid, which is 1229 CE. "To increase their meager …


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    ‏ אבאע אלשיך אבי אלביאן אלדלאלה עלי ידי ללמולי אלרצוי שצ ‎ 1
    ‏ באתנין ותלתין דרהמא קבץ הו ל וקבצת אנא סמסרה ב ‎…

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    LetterBodl. MS heb. d 66/130

    Note by Shelomo b. Eliyyahu to a scribe, also named Shelomo, in an urgent tone, to finish the copying of certain books including the targum …

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    LetterT-S 12.309

    Letter from Abū Manṣur to his 'brother' Abū Saʿd. Mainly in Judaeo-Arabic. The addressee has promised to come for Rosh Hashana. The sender has sent …

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    LetterT-S 6J10.9

    Draft of a Hebrew letter from Moshe b. Levi ha-Levi to a distinguished physician also named Moshe (but probably not Maimonides because Moshe b. Levi …


    ‎Recto:
    ‏ העבד ישתחוה לפני מושב אדוניו ‎ 1
    ‏ וישאל מטובו שימשוך עליו חוט ‎ 2
    ‏ החסד וידינו בכל מליו ומעשיו ‎ 3
    ‏ לכף זכ…

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    Legal documentT-S Ar.30.258

    Text of the oath that Bū ʿImrān must swear to his brother Abū l-Maʿānī concerning his mercantile activities, the price of a house, and the …

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    LetterCUL Or.1080 J213

    Letter from Moshe b. Nissim to an unknown addressee. In Judaeo-Arabic. He asks the addressee to sell on his behalf four copies of th She'eltot …

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    LetterENA NS 54.5

    Letter from Yeshuʿa the bookseller to an unknown addressee. In Judaeo-Arabic. Dating: Likely 13th century, but this is a guess. The writer has been endeavoring …

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    List or tableT-S AS 181.79

    Book list in Arabic script. The first two items are Sīrat Mawlānā l-Ḥākim (ṣalawāt (?) Allāh ʿalayhi) and Rasā'il Ikhwān al-Ṣafā', i.e., the biography of …

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    List or tableJRL SERIES A 552

    Recto: Excerpts from Ecclesiastes. Verso: A list of books that the writer was asked to prepare (or obtain?) for somebody. The Talmud, printed in Salonica …

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    LetterAIU VII.F.87

    A Hebrew note from a bookseller to a potential buyer, listing several books and giving final prices for them (in qurūsh). The books include "Zutah" …

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    List or tableT-S Ar.20.5

    Recto: Booklist in Arabic script listing individual Epistles (of the Brethren of Purity) that have been copied and bound and into how many majallāt and …

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    List or tableMoss. Ia,36

    Recto: The title page with illuminated capitals of Sefer Eliyyah Mizraḥi ʿal ha-Torah, printed by Itzik ben Leib Buchbinder in Fürth, 1763. There is an …

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    Paraliterary textT-S NS 99.6

    Most of a legal query about Reuven who sold to Shimʿon a copy of the Halakhot of a certain Rav Yiṣḥaq but the book was …

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