MS. Canonici Or. 15
Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection
Last leaf transposed.
Arab inscriptions on fol. 224r and 224v, upside down.
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.
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.
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
MSS R.R. Film No. F 20934