Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 36

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection

Contents

Hebrew Bible: Pentateuch

ff. 1r-85r
Hebrew Bible: Pentateuch תורה

With a few Masoretic notes.

Numerous notes and scribbles on fol. 230v.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 85
Dimensions (leaf): 221 × 163 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.

Collation

10 quires of 8 leaves + 5 leaves, no signatures, no catchwords.

Hand(s)

Italian-Sephardi square script.

Decoration

Not decorated.

Binding

Brownish-red leather binding, blind-tooled.

History

Origin: [Italy]; [ca. 1400]

Provenance and Acquisition

Purchase note/ownership inscription by Efraim Avraham Ṿiṭali: לעולם כתוב אדם שמו על ספרו שמא יבוא אדם מן השוק ניאמר שלי הוא לכן אני כותב את שמי אפרים אברהם ויטלי יצו קניתי אותו ...

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. 46, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 46, and on the data of the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, National Library of Israel with additional enhancements by the cataloguer.

Availability

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures contact Bodleian Admissions). Contact specialcollections.enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript.

Microfilm

MSS R.R. Film No. F 33059

Bibliography

    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 46.
    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. 46.

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