Sefer Ezer ha-Emunah
Frankfurt am Main (?), Germany
ink, pigment, and water color on paper, 90 leaves (18.4 x 14.8 cm.); Ashkenazi square and cursive Hebrew script
Naftali Feibusch (Fulda, 1665)
This work deals with calculating the leap year along with reckoning holidays, seasons, and their interpretation. Almost all of the pages have some form of decoration, with naïve folk-art images and motifs, or charts, tables, and other graphic tools. The illustrations are executed in gouache and water color in which the zodiacal imagery is especially charming.
Hebrew / Paper / 20,3 x 12,1 cm. / 212 + 2 pp. / 21 lines to a page / Sephardic cursive writing with square headings / 2 title pp. / Title I written in engraved frame signed: “I. Swertner fecit, 1767” / Title II written in drawn ornamental frame in red and black ink / Text written in frame ruled in red ink of 14,8 x 5,6 cm. / Each chapter begins with vignette drawn in red ink / Catchwords at the bottom of each page.