MS. Canonici Or. 28
Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection
Hebrew Bible: Pentateuch
Blank leaves in the place of Ex. 28:42 to 36:37. At the end of the MS a poem with the acrostic 'Aharon' (perhaps the copyist).
Unfinished: marginal text is often missing, only ruling. Initial words are not finished, sometimes only their outlines are drawn (fols. 48r, 84r), sometimes they have been erased (fols. 1v, 147v)
Main text is in 2 columns, surrounded by texts running in the margins. Marginal texts are unfinished. Ruling and pricking is visible.
Italian-Ashkenazi square script. Comments on the margin by a later hand ('Rashi" script, 16th century?)
Decoration at the bottom of marginal text (fol. 111v), unfinished initial words, perhaps were to be decorated (e.g. fols. 48r, 84r).
Carmina figurata (fols. 178v-179v)
Red leather binding, gold-tooled.
Provenance and Acquisition
Ownership inscription by Abraham of Modena: הגיע לחלק כמ’ אברהם ממודינא כשחלק הספרי’ עם כמ’ יעקב אחיו כ"ח יונייו רס"ז (fol. 180r); censor's signature: Fra Luigi 1599 (fol. 183v)
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 33051