Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 49A

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection

Contents

Miscellany

Physical Description

ff. 230

Binding

Brown leather binding, blind-tooled.

History

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.

MS. Canonici Or. 49A/1

Contents

ff. 1r-6v
Babylonian Talmud, Order Nashim (extracts)
Language(s): Aramaic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 6
Dimensions (leaf): 280 × 230 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.

Collation

3 separate sheets, no signatures, no catchwords

Condition

Parchment in very bad condition.

Hand(s)

Sephardi square script.

Decoration

Not decorated.

History

Origin: [Byzantium]; [ca. 1400?]

Provenance

Ownership note on fol. 5r in the lower outer corner of the leaf: אני שמאול סדן (?) ; perhaps previously it was used in a binding.

MS. Canonici Or. 49A/2

Contents

ff. 7r-182v
Maḥzor according to the Romanite rite (Ḥanukah-Tishah be-Av) מחזור מנהג רומניא לחנוכה-תשעה באב
Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 176 (fols. 7-182)
Dimensions (leaf): 286 × 232 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.

Collation

Quires of mostly 8 leaves, no signatures are visible, catchwords are within quires as well as at the end, but not on every leaf.

Condition

First 3 leaves are heavily damaged.

Hand(s)

Byzantine square script.

Decoration

Not decorated.

History

Origin: [Byzantium]; [ca. 1400?]

MS. Canonici Or. 49A/3

Contents

ff. 183r-230v
Naḥmanides, approximately 1195-approximately 1270משה בן נחמן, 1194-1270, Commentary on the Writings (Job) פרוש כתובים לרמב"ן (איוב)
Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 176 (fols. 7-182)
Dimensions (leaf): 286 × 232 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.

Collation

Quires of mostly 8 leaves, no signatures are visible, catchwords are within quires as well as at the end, but not on every leaf.

Condition

First 3 leaves are heavily damaged.

Hand(s)

Byzantine square script.

Decoration

Not decorated.

History

Origin: [Byzantium]; [ca. 1400?]

Additional Information

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, vol. I, by Adolf Neubauer, Oxford 1886, No. 1083, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 1083, 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.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)

Microfilm

MSS R.R. Film No. F 17690

Bibliography

    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 1083.
    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. 1083.

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