Fancy Sephardic Signatures

I’ve been shedding possessions recently, and I’m in the process of getting rid of many of my books. Some of them are hard for me to part with, including one from Leghorn, Italy (Livorno), printed in 1779. It was used by members of a prominent Sephardic family to practice their signatures upon.

Here’s a print from the book:

My understanding is that Jews and non-Jews shared many of the same woodcuts for their books. It wouldn’t surprise me if the creator of the angel woodcut was non-Jewish. Good job, anonymous goy! You’ve shown us that fat-acceptance is not a new phenomenon.

If I do give it away, it will be to a Sephardic rabbi who’s familiar with the Meyuhas family. The family name means “pedigreed” – because they can trace their family back a very long time.

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