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MS. Canonici Or. 15

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Summary of Contents: Arbaʿah Ṭurim (Yoreh Deʿah)
ff. 1r-223v
Jacob ben Asher, approximately 1269-approximately 1340יעקב בן אשר, ?1270-?1340, Arbaʿah Ṭurim (Yoreh Deʿah) טור (יורה דעה)

Last leaf transposed.

Colophon: "אני אליעזר בר’ דוד הלוי ז"ל אדילקינט כתבתי ... להחבר [שלמה] בר’ [יחי]אל סגל שליט, והיה השלמתו היום יום ג’ חמשה ימים לחדש סיון שנת חמשת אלפים ומאתים ... ושלים ותשעה לבריאת עולם ... כאן בעיר פייזינצא"

Written by Eliezer ben David ha-Leṿi Adelḳinṭ for (erased, R. Shlomoh ben Yeḥiel) Segal, finished on Tuesday 5 Siṿan 5239 (=1479) at Piacenza.

Arab inscriptions on fol. 224r and 224v, upside down.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment.
Extent: ff. 223
Dimensions (leaf): 187 × 137 mm.


22 quires: i 8, ii 10-1, iii-xxi 10, xxii 8-1 catchwords at the end of quires.


Good general condition; fol. 3 is damaged.


Ashkenazi semi-cursive script


Pen flourished initial-word panels with red, lilac, gold ink; inhabited initial-word panels (fols. 1r, 11v,)

Marginal illustrations: coat of arms surrounded with foliage (fols. 1r, 11v).


Light brown leather binding, blind tooed, marble pastedowns.


Origin: Piacenza (North Italy); 1479

Provenance and Acquisition

"יוסף הלוי יצ"ו" (written in a banderole above the coat of arms on fol. 1r , perhaps he is the illustrator?), "מנחם לוי" (upper margin, fol. 11r) Censor's signature: visto per mi fra Luigi da Bologna 1601 (fol. 223v)

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. 708, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 708, 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 20934


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 708.
    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. 708.