Illuminated Hebrew Bible
This Hebrew Bible from late medieval Spain was one of Enriqueta Rylands’s early manuscript purchases. She bought it from bookseller Bernard Quaritch in June 1892 for £36 (about £3000 today).
The manuscript fitted with Rylands’s expanding interest in bibles and sacred texts from different religious traditions, including Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. Like other manuscripts Rylands bought, it is a medieval manuscript written on animal skin, beautifully decorated and illuminated in gold. It is, like Rylands, cosmopolitan: it contains French- and Italian-style decorations, and travelled to Greece and Amsterdam before coming to Manchester.