Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 42

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Pentateuch with Hafṭarot and Five Scrolls.

ff. 1r-427v
Hebrew Bible: Pentateuch with Hafṭarot and Five Scrolls תורה, הפטרות ומגלות

Patron's name is partially erased in colophon, and added by later hand 'Mosheh'

Colophon: Colophon on fol. 427v: "אני שמואל בר’ אברהם אלטירס נ"ע כתבתי ונקדתי זה החומש וההפטרות וחמש מגלות והמסורת ... ליקר ... ר’ יצחק בן ... [גבאי] וסיימתי אותו ביום ראשון י"ד ימים לחדש תשרי שנת הר"ל ואחד לבריאת עולם במוארה"
Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 428
Dimensions (leaf): 208 × 160 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


Quires of mostly 12 leaves, no signatures catchwords at the end of quires added by later hand.


Main text in two columns, surrounded by masorah.


Sephardi square script.


Masorah in micrographical form (e.g. fols. 5r, 17v-18r, 23v, 71v-72r, 306r)

Additions: On fol. 428r-428v simane parashiyot shel Pesaḥ added by later hand.


Half bound.


Origin: Moura (Portugal); 1470

Provenance and Acquisition

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. 31, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 31, 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 33044


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 31.
    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. 31.
    Omnia in EO: Studies on Jewish Books and Libraries in Honour of Adri Offenberg celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana in Amsterdam, ed. Irene Zwiep et al. (Leuven: Peeters, 2006), 382.