Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 109

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection



1. ff. 2r-102v
Book of Psalms תהלים
Language(s): Hebrew
2. ff. 103r-123r
Ibn Gabirol, active 11th century גבירול, שלמה בן יהודה אבן , Keter Malkhut כתר מלכות
Language(s): Hebrew
3. ff. 123v-163r
Jedaiah ben Abraham Bedersi, approximately 1270-approximately 1340 פניני, ידעיה בן אברהם הבדרשי , Beḥinat ʿolam (The Examination of the World) בחינת עולם
Language(s): Hebrew
4. ff. 163v-173v
Ezobi, Jehoseph ben Hanan ben Nathan, active 13th century אזובי, יוסם בן חנן , Ḳeʿarat ha-kesef קערת הכסף
Language(s): Hebrew
5. ff. 174r-185v
Rieti, Moses ben Isaac da, 1388-1460? ריאיטי, משה , Miḳdash meʿaṭ (Meʻon ha-shoʼalim) מקדש מעט (מעון השואלים)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 185
Dimensions (leaf): × mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


18 quires: i-ix 10,x 12, xi-xvi 10, xvii 12, xviii 12-1, signatures in Hebrew characters at the end of the first 9 quires, from quire x catchwords at the end of some quires.


Sephardi semi-cursive script.


Dark brown leather binding.


Origin: [Italy]; [mid-15th century]

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership inscriptions on fol. 1r, hardly legible: זה הספר ... , perhaps a reference to Correggio ( קורייו

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. 108, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 108, 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 16172


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 108.
    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. 108.