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MS. Canonici Or. 30

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Sefer Mitsṿot Ḳaṭan

ff. 1r-204v
Isaac ben Joseph, of Corbeil, active 13th centuryיצחק בן יוסף, מקורביל, Sefer Mitsṿot Ḳaṭan (The Small Book of Commandments) ספר מצוות קטן

With the annotation of Rabbi Perets and a few more other glosses.

The MS begins with end of §2 of the edition and has 292 §§ =293 of the edition.

Colophon: A colophon at the end (fol. 204v) seems to have been erased.
Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Italian type of parchment
Extent: ff. 204
Dimensions (leaf): 175 × 125 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


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


Beginning is incomplete.


One column. Italian type of parchment.


Ashkenazi semi-cursive script.


Some catchwords are illustrated with animals and hybrids.

Decorated initial words, initial-word panels.


Light brown leather binding, blind-tooled.


Origin: [Italy?]; [late 14th century]

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership inscription by Shimshon Cohen Modon on fol. 1r: "להחכם כ"ץ מודון" [=שמשון כהן מודון] ; censor's signature: Domenico Isrosolomito 1599 (fol. 204v)

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. 886, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 886, 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 21845


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 886.
    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. 886.