MS. Canonici Or. 43
Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection
Avicenna: Canon (Book I)
Nathan's translation, with marginal notes, containing omissions, various readings and commentaries.
Written by Yosef מרצולי bar Ḥayim on 28 Siṿan 5181.
The same scribe Yosef copied MS. Cambridge UL Add. 65611 in Barletta (South Italy) in 1455).
Another copyist assisted in the copying repacing the main copyist very frequently (dozens of times), but apart from fols. 126v-152v he only copied short sections.
Sephardi semi-cursive script.
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.
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
MSS R.R. Film No. F 19912