Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 27

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Maḥzor for the whole year, Italian rite

ff. 7r-323v
Maḥzor for the whole year according to the Italian rite מחזור מנהג רומה לכל השנה

End is incomplete, some pages have been completed with different hand.

Notes of different nature by various hands on fol. 3r-6v

Written and vocalized by Yeshʿayah ben Yaʿaḳov me-Masran ben Yeshʿayah me-Yarona for Shlomoh Yedidyah ben Yiśraʾel me-i[r] Sobreno, finished Thursday 19 Shvat 5241 (= 1481) at Mantova.

Colophon: Colophon (fol. 170v): "אני ישיעה בר’ יעקב יצ"ו ממסראן במהר"ר ישעיה מוורונה ז"ל כתבתי ונקדתי זה הסדור שלם אל ... כמר’ שלמה ידידיה יצ"ו בכמ"ר ישראל זלה"ה מע’ סוברינו ... ‬והיתה השלמתו בליל ו בי"ט לחדש שבת שנת חמשת אלפים מאתיים [בין השיטין] וארבעים ואחר לבריאת עולם ... כאן מנטובה"
Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 323
Dimensions (leaf): 148 × 107 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


Catchwords at the end of every verso.


Good condition.


Layout varies according to the text, mostly 1 column, but certains parts are in 2 columns.


Sephardi square script.

Colophon on fol. 170v is written in Sephardi semi-cursive script.


Not decorated.

Additions: Fols. 277-278 were interpolated into a quire and written by a later hand.


Light brown leather binding, blind-tooled, gilt fore-edge.


Origin: Mantua (Italy); 1481

Provenance and Acquisition

Personal prayer (fol. 1v) and two commercial notes in Italian in Hebrew characters (fol. 2r, 3r). Owner's inscriptions: שלי שלמה ידידה בכ"ר ישראל זצ"ל (fol. 2v); "questo libero el miho d[e] Salamono de Israelo Pereho" (fol. 322v). Censor's signature: "visto per mi fra Luigi da Bologna ... 1599" (fol. 321v)

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. 1071, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 1071, 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 17678


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 1071.
    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. 1071.