Poems in Honor of Special Occasions
Ms. Acc. 556
Modena, etc., Italy
late 18 th and early 19 th centuries
ink on paper; broadsides, 10 leaves (varying sizes); Italian cursive and square Hebrew characters
Epithalamia; Miscellaneous; Poetry
These broadsides were written to commemorate various special occasions in the lives of
prominent families. This was a common practice in Italian Jewish communities of the period. In
this miscellaneous collection, many of them from Modena, the poems were commissioned for
marriages, a birth, and other events. Some of the families include Belgradi, Consigli, al-
Constantini, Levi, Sinegaglia, and Sanguinetti. In the first poem, the presence of Rabbi Ishmael
ha-Kohen of Modena (1723-1811), a world-renowned halakhic authority, is noted.
Hebrew / Paper / 29,8 x 19,2 cm. /  ff. (f. 1v, 19v blank) / Sephardic cursive writing with square headings / Title written in engraved frame, cut out and pasted on the page / Running title on top of each page / Catchwords at the end of each page.