Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 35

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Commentary on the Pentateuch by Rashi

ff. 1v-229v
Rashi, 1040-1105שלמה בן יצחק (רש"י), Commentary on the Pentateuch פרוש התורה לרש"י

Ends at Deut. 33:8.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 230
Dimensions (leaf): 226 × 180 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


28 quires of 8 leaves + 6 leaves, singatures at the end of the quires in Hebrew characters, no catchwords.


Sephardi semi-cursive scripts.

Glosses in 15th-century Ashkenazi (some Italian) hands.


A full-page illustration of the menorah (fol. 98v), illustration of the efod on the high priest's garment (fol. 104r), illustration of a giant grape (fol. 169v).


Red leather binding, golden-tooled.


Origin: [Italy]; [early 15th century]

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership inscription by Shmuel ben Daṿid: שמואל בן דוד ; purchase note in Italian cursive script (fol. 192v); censor's signature: "Laurentiu[s] Franguellu[s] 1579" (fol. 229v); illegible censor's (?) note (fol. 229v).

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. 192, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 192, and on the data of the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts s, 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 16256


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 192.
    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. 192.
    Abecassis, Deborah. Reconstructing Rashi's Commentary on Genesis from Citations in the Torah Commentaries of the Tosafot. Ph.D. Thesis (McGill University, 1999), 200.