MS. Canonici Or. 3
Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection
Maḥzor for the Days of Awe and Sukkot, Western Ashkenazi rite
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.
Ashkenazi square script.
Brown leather binding, blind-tooled.
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.
MSS R.R. Film No. F 22632