Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 41

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Pentateuch with Hafṭarot

ff. 1v-291v
Hebrew Bible: Pentateuch with Hafṭarot תורה והפטרות

At the end (fols. 292r-295r), division of readings for Sabbaths and festivals in Ashkenazi hand (simane parashiyot)

Erased note in the middle of fol. 295v; partially illegible note on the top of fol. 295v: ... של אבי בין אחי[ו] ... יום ג כג תמוז שפו(?)

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 295
Dimensions (leaf): 223 × 170 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


Quires of mostly 8 leaves no signatures, catchwords at the end of quires.


Main text in two columns, surrounded by masorah.


Sephardi square script.

15th-century Ashkenazi cursive script on fols. 292r-295r


On fols. 1r-81r, extensive marginal pen drawings of floral motifs, animals, hybrids, narrative scenes, by ink by later hand (17-18th century?) E.g. Binding of Isaac (fol. 40v), Jacob's ladder (fol. 41r).


Red leather binding, blind-tooled.


Origin: [Spain]; [14th century]

Provenance and Acquisition

Erased ownership inscription on fol. 1r (... Mordekhai?); ownership inscriptionד on fols. 51r, 69v: משה מרדכי .

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. 33, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 33, 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 33046


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 33.
    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. 33.