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MS. Canonici Or. 33

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Summary of Contents: Commentary on the Prophets by David Kimhi
ff. 2r-123r
Kimhi, David, approximately 1160-approximately 1235קמחי, דוד בן יוסף, Perush Neviʿim le-Radaḳ (Commentary on the Prophets [Minor Prophets]) ‫ פרוש נביאים לרד"ק (תרי עשר)
Colophon: Colophon on fol. 123r: נשלם ... בחמישי בשביעי לחמישי שנת חמשת אלפים ומאה ושמונה עשרה לבריאת עולם, היא שנת אלף ומאתים ותשעים לחרבן הבית ... על יד אשר מניין אותיותיו כמניין אבריו [=אברהם] בן אשר תחלתו עשרות חמשה ואחריתו שנים גם שלשה ואמצעיתו ארבעים [=נתן] בכפרים שלשה
Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 126
Dimensions (leaf): 244 × 184 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


13 quires: i 10, ii 8, iii-xii 10, xii 6 + 2 leaves. signatures in Hebrew characters, catchwords at the end of quires.


Italian semi-cursive script.


Not decorated.


Redish-borwnish leather binding, blind-tooled.


Origin: Trevigilio? (Italy); ca. 1358

Provenance and Acquisition

Partially deleted Hebrew ownership inscription? on fol. 1r together with the formula לעולם יחתום (?) אדם שמו על סיפרן... censor's signature on fol. 123v: "ho revisto questo libro io andrea d[el] mo[n]te"

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. 317, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 317, 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 17236


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 317.
    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. 317.