Only a few Christian and Muslim manuscripts from the
century that bear some similarity to this manuscript
are known; the best-known of them is the Codex
Rotundus, a "book of hours" (Christian devotional)
manuscript written and illuminated in Bruges during the
century, known as the Rotundus due to its circular
shape. None of these manuscripts, however, include the
most striking and unique features of the manuscript
offered here - namely, its miniature dimensions, it being
written on a single sheet of parchment that can be
folded to pocket size, and it being written in Hebrew.
These three features make this manuscript an extremely
rare and exceptionally unique item.
There are only two known items which are similar to
this manuscript: In 1984, Sotheby's auctioned a similar
manuscript, consisting of 49 circles with a diameter of
6.5 cm, containing the prayers for Pesach, Shavuot and
Sukkot. A similar manuscript is held in the collection
of the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles. It consists of 64
circles and contains the Passover Hagaddah.
Enclosed is a metal case (with glass remnants), similar to
a pocket-watch case, used to store the manuscript.
 pages. Each circle has a diameter of 3.5-4 cm. The
entire sheet (unfolded) is 43X27 cm. Condition varies; fair
to good. The first circle of the first row is missing (part of the
text of Hallel was written on its verso, see above). One circle
detached. P.  is blank and darkened (its text was apparently
worn and completely faded). Stains, tears and damage to text
on the outermost circles. Stains from oxidation due to contact
with the metal carrying case when folded. The inner circles
are in good condition, with slight staining. Corrosion and
damage to metal case. Broken and missing glass.
Opening price: $60,000