A very unusual Italian manuscript executed for or by Reuben HaCohen (Raimondo Coen), Rabbi of Parma in 1890; This charmingly decorated book contains the texts for the marriage and circumcision ceremonies as well as the birkat hamazon, and was presumably for the Rabbi’s own use. The top cover is decorated with male and female hands plus bird and flowers, and the words. Kol Chatan, v’Kol Kallah. The lower cover has a Star of David with the Rabbi’s initials R C in the center. The cover page (not shown here) is decorated with a colored arch (frequently symbolic of the Holy Temple), stamped and dated 1890, Parma and signed R. Coen. The pages are numbered, apparently with a stamp, in purple ink and the text hand written in brown-black ink on paper.
The contemporary cover is slightly rubbed and has small chips on the spine. The text has a few small stains scattered through the text (most notably a wine stain associated with the Kiddush), but is generally in good condition.
This manuscript would make a marvelous present for either a wedding or a brith.