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MS. Canonici Or. 3

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Maḥzor for the Days of Awe and Sukkot, Western Ashkenazi rite

ff. 1r-147v
Maḥzor for the Days of Awe and Sukkot according to the Western Ashkenazi rite מחזור מנהג אשכנז המערבי לימים נוראים ולסוכות

Western Ashkenazi rite, used by D. Goldschmidt in his edition of the High Holiday and Sukkor services (Jerusalem 1970-1981).

Marginal notes containing grammatical observations and minhagim in Yiddish (Judeo-German)

Marginal notes refer to the east European rite.

The scribe's name must have been Ezra. The heading Ezra ha-sofer is pointed out on fol. 60v as well as the name Ezra on fol. 62r.

Deletions by the censor (?) (e.g., fols. 43r, 115v)

First three and the last eight leaves are written in different scripts, and no foliation after fol. 118.

The end (fols. 140v-147v) was written by a different hand, which completed a quire started by the main scribe (fols. 140v-142v), and added a further quire (fols. 143-148), pricked differently. Fols. 1-3 are replacement (c. 1400) of the first original leaves.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 149
Dimensions (leaf): 247 × 172 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


Quires of mostly 8 leaves, catchwords at the end of quires.


Ashkenazi square script.


Not decorated.


Brown leather binding, blind-tooled.


Origin: [Germany]; [ca. 1300]

Provenance and Acquisition

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. 1046, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I No. 1046, 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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    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 1046.
    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. 1046.