Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 101

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Hafṭarot for the entire year

ff. 1r-63r
Hafṭarot for the entire year הפטרות לכל השנה

The scribe stated in the colophon that the volume contained the Pentateuch and Hafṭarot , but the line חמשה חומשי תורה has been erased. In fact, the codex starts with a fragment of a quire, which verifies the conclusion that the original codex has been divided into two books: a Pentateuch and the present Hafṭarot .

Colophon: Colophon on fol. 63v: "אני משה בן כבוד הישיש רʹ יצחק ס"ט אמאריליה הסופר בתורת אלהים בן כבוד הישיש משה נ"ע כתבתי ונקדתי ומסרתי והגהתי זה הספר שישבו [חמשה חומשי תורה] הפטרות ליקר המעולה דון דוד הכהן ס"ט בן הישיש היקר המעולה החסיד ר’ יוסף הכהן נ"ע וסיימתיו בכאן בואדאלחגרה יום רביעי ... שנת ה’ א’ו’ר’ ל’י’ לפרט האלף הששי"
Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 63
Dimensions (leaf): × mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


Mostly quires of 8 leaves. no signatures catchwords at the end of some quires


Text in two columns.


Sephardi square script.


Micrography in the margins.


Reddish brown leather binding, blind tooled.


Origin: Guadalajara (Spain); 1487

Provenance and Acquisition

Matteo Luigi Canonici's (1727-1805) collections passed to his brother Giuseppe, and on his death in 1807 to Giovanni Perissinotti and Girolamo Cardina, who divided them. To the former fell the MSS., then about 3550 in number, and, after many attempts to sell them, the Bodleian became the purchaser of the greater part in 1817, for £5444 5s. 1d., or including incidental expenses about £6030, the largest single purchase ever made by the Library. The formal list of volumes handed over was signed on May 18, 1817, and the books probably arrived later that year.

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, vol. I, by Adolf Neubauer, Oxford 1886, No. 65, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 65, and on the data of the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, National Library of Israel with additional enhancements by the cataloguer.


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Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


MSS R.R. Film No. F 33078


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 65.
    Beit-Arié, Malachi and R.A. May (eds), Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I (A. Neubauer’s Catalogue) (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994), no. 65.