MS. Canonici Or. 46
Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection
Hebrew Bible: Writings
One and two columns. Fol. 223 is blank. Torn parchment between fol. 167 and 168.
Ashkenazi square script. Completion of missing quires in Sephardi square script on fols. 1-9, 26-33, 304-311. A leaf substituting a missing leaf, in Ashkenazi square script (fol. 74).
Decorated catchwords (e.g., fols. 17v, 82v, 158v)
micrography (e.g., fol. 127v, 207r, 208r)
Leather binding, blind-tooled.
Provenance and Acquisition
Three hardly legible ownership inscriptions on fol. 2r: קנין כספי יחיאל .... ; משה... ; אשר...
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 33106