MS. Canonici Or. 18
Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection
Maḥzor for the entire year, Italian rite
- fols. 1r-170r in the margins: ספר התניא
- fols. 173v-390r in the margins: Pentateuch with Targum Onḳelos
- fols. 395r-403r (main text): Mishnah Pirḳe Avot
- fols. 403v-405r: Pereḳ ḳinyan Torah ("Acquisition of Torah")
- fols. 395r-403r in the margins: Commentary on Pirḳe Avot by Maimonides in the translation of Yehudah ibn Tibon
- fols. 403v-405r: Commentary on Pereḳ ḳinyan Torah attributed to Rashi
- fols. 405v-439v in the margins: Hafṭarot for all Sabbaths of the year according to the Romanite rite.
One column surrounded with marginal texts.
Italian semi-cursive scripts by various hands.
Fols. 308r-344v and 432r-481v (end) of Maḥzor are written by a different hand.
The marginal texts are written by three hands: Sefer Tanay (fols. 1r-170r) probably by the main copyist, the Pentateuch with Onḳelos and the Hafṭarot by another hand.
Maimonides' commentary on Avot (fols. 395r-405r) in a different hand altogether employing a Sephardi type of script.
Decorations in red ink in the copy of the main scribe. carmina figurata (e.g. fols. 161r, 193v)
Provenance and Acquisition
Censor's signature: Cammillo Jaghel 1620 (fol. 481v)
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 22648