EH 47 B 03


Belles Lettres

Kinor David.

כנור דוד / של שבע מינים, הנערכים ונארגים על מחלפות / הזמנים; מיני משונות, הגיונות ונגינות ;אשר כוננו / חושי על יתר, בשורותם יצירו, בשעת חילה, קינה ויללה; / יתרועעו אף ישירו, בהלולה, צהלה וגילה; ועוד בם כלולות, / שאלות ותשובות, איגרות וחידות; כפי תולדות הימים; / יחדיו ירננו, להרים קול במסא, כאשר ישחו בנות / שירי לקול הזמיר אשר ינועו ידי במתרי כלי שיר / דוד.

Collection of poetry by David Franco Mendes, Amsterdam 1732-1775. Music and melodies, lamentations and wailing, responsa, letters and riddles, in chronological order.


p. [1]: Title.

p. [2]: Hebrew poem for David Franco Mendes by Joseph Shiprut de Gabay.

p. [3]: Hebrew poem for Yehiel Foa.

p. [4]: blank.

p. [5]: Title.

p. [6]: Hebrew poem.

p. 1: Letter of the author to Selichman Barent Solomon in Hamburg, 1771.

p. 2: Example of a Hebrew letter to a young man.

p. 3: Hebrew nuptial poem for Jacob ben Israel Athias and Simhah, daughter of Elisha Pereira, 1732.

p. 4: Hebrew prayer, composed in 1733.

p. 5: Hebrew poem for Isaac Baruch Pardo, 1733.

p. 6: Idem for Joseph Shiprut de Gabay, 1737.

p. 7: Idem, composed in 1733.

p. 8: Nuptial poem for Josuah Hayim Sarphati and Esther, daughter of Samuel Cohen Faro, 1736, and printed Hebrew nuptial poem, 1734.

p. 9-12: Hebrew riddles for the wedding of Benjamin Dias Brandon.

p. 13: Hebrew poem, composed in 1734.

p. 14: Hebrew poem for Josuah Hayim Sarphati, 1735.

p. 15, 16: Hebrew poems, composed in 1735.

p. 19-24: Halakhic responsum, 1735.

p. 25: Hebrew poem with alphabetic tricks.

p. 26: Hebrew poems, composed in 1736.

p. 27, 28: Hebrew poems for Benjamin Dias Brandon.

p. 29: Epitaph for Aaron Pereira Belmonte, 1736.

p. 30: Hebrew poem composed in 1737.

p. 31, 32: Prayer with ornament composed of Hebrew characters.

p. 33: “Outava / 105 / Sacada do Livro Intitudado / Imperio de Dios en la Harmonia del Mundo / Composto p. D. L. B. [David Levi de Barrios] / Que traduzi em Lingoa Sacra por ser admiravel seu conseito”. With Hebrew translation.

p. 34: Epitaph for Abraham Hayim da Fonseca, 1738.

p. 35: Example for a Hebrew letter.

p. 36: Extract from the Lusiadas, by Luís Vaz de Camões, Chant 9, verse 56 “Mil Arvores estão ao Ceo subindo”. With Hebrew translation.

p. 37: Hebrew poems composed in 1744.

p. 38: Letter to Moses Hayim Luzzatto, dated 22 Shevat 1744.

p. 39: Hebrew poems composed in 1747.

p. 40: Epitaphs for a couple Isaac and Rahel.

p. 41: Caption in Dutch and Hebrew for a portrait of Isaac de Pinto and French Rondeau with Hebrew translation.

p. 42: Epitaph in Portuguese: “O Epitafio / Asima, Compuz p.ª David Senior / de Coraçao / de q.m o Governador ouvia com / gosto os Conselhos” [1747].

p. 43, 44: Hebrew poems composed in 1753.

p. 45: Epitaph for Aaron Hisqiau de Pinto, 1758, and Hebrew translations from the French [and Dutch].
Portuguese text: “S.ª do Bemaventurado & virtuoso / varão Aharon His: de Pinto: faleceo / de 47: @s em 3.sª fr.ª 22. Sebat 5518 / correspon.e com 31: 1758. S. A. G. D. G”.
Dutch text: “Door Cadmus Wijsbelijd, aanschout dees’ konst ’t licht, / die Woorden pronkt en ciert, / en spreekt met elks gesicht; / ’t zijn beeltjes zonder tal, die zaam gevoegt doen leeven / met eedle verve, al waar op gedachten zweeven. D.F.M.”

p. 46: Portuguese sonnet with Hebrew translation: “Eu vim hum dia Amor q[ue] se queixava”.

p. 47-51: Printed halakhic responsum.

p. 52-58: Several Hebrew laudatory poems.

p. 59: Epitaphs for members of the pious society Mikra kodesh.

p. 60: Hebrew poems for members of the same society.

p. 61-63: Halakhic responsum.

p. 64: Printed Hebrew poem.

p. 65: Hebrew poem for the pious society Mikra kodesh.

p. 66, 67: Spanish and Hebrew poem by David Franco Mendes. Amsterdam, 11 Hesvan 5521 (21 October 1760).

p. 68, 69: Rhymed fable.

p. 70-73: Hebrew poems, composed in 1762.

p. 74, 75: Poems and captions in Dutch and Hebrew for Solomon Salem, 1763. p.76-88: Several laudatory poem, composed in 1764-1766.

p. 89-91: Dutch and Hebrew poems for William V of Orange, 1766.

p. 92: Portuguese and Hebrew poems, composed in 1766. Spanish and Italian short poems: “Aprended Flores de mí” and “Finché un Zeffiro soave”.

p. 93, 94: 2 letters to Simhah Calimani, 1767.

p. 95: Hebrew sonnet.

p. 96: Hebrew letter to Hayim Palache, 1767.

p. 97-99: Poems composed in 1767.

p. 97: Spanish poem: “Es tan commun el pecar”.

p. 100-103: Responsum, 1768.

p. 104: Hebrew poem.

p. 105, 106: Dutch laudatory poem with Hebrew translation for Samuel Baruch


p. 107: Hebrew poem composed in 1768.

p. 108: Epitaph for Raphael Moses de Pinto Pereira, 1771.

p. 109, 110, 112, 113, 136, 137, 139, 140, 141: Hebrew letters to Naphtali Herz Wessely.

p. 111: Nuptial poem for Solomon Machorro and Esther Machorro, 1771.

p. 114: 4 Epitaphs, 1772.

p. 115, 117, 121-127, 129, 135, 138, 142, 143, 146-160: Several Hebrew poems.

p. 116, 145: Printed Hebrew poems.

p. 118-120: Example of an insurance policy in Hebrew and Hebrew riddles

p. 127: Portuguese poems [Motete]: “Grande desgraça he o nacer”. French poem.

p. 128: Letter to Hayim Modai.

p. 130-132: Poems for the 100th anniversary of the Portuguese synagogue in Amsterdam, 1775.

p. 131: Some annotations in Portuguese and Dutch: “Os Estad.s Ger. / das Prov: Un:” “a S.ta / de dotar orfas / & Donzelas”

p. 133: Abstract of a Portuguese astrological treatise with Hebrew translation.

p. 134: Hebrew epitaph and French quatrain by Voltaire and Hebrew translation.

p. 144: Hebrew epitaph.

p. 161: Dutch poem with Hebrew translation.

For the author cf. EH 47 B 21, 22.

Text in Hebrew with some parts in Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and Italian and various annotations in Portuguese / Paper / 21,8 x 17,3 cm. / [6] + 161 pp. / Variety of lines to a page / Sephardic cirsive, square vocalised and current writing (autograph) / Title written in engraved frame, coloured by hand / Text illustrated with cut-out engravings, pasted upon the pages / 4 printed folia are bound with the text / Contemporary gold-tooled, leather binding with ‘David Franco Mendes’ stamped on the front and ‘Harp Davids’ on the back.

Fuks 255. Kaplan 152. Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.