Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 49B

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Maḥzor for the entire year, Italian rite

ff. 2v-221(1)r
Festival prayer book for the entire year according to the Italian rite ‫ מחזור מנהג רומה לכל השנה
Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 223
Dimensions (leaf): 319 × 235 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


23 quires: i-xxii 10, xxiii 4 In its present form only one signature (fol. 20v, Hebrew character) and one catchword (fol. 10v) are visible, rest must have been trimmed off by later binder.


Fol. 221 is double.


Italian semi-cursive script.


Not decorated.


Parchment binding.


Origin: [Italy]; [early 15th century]

Provenance and Acquisition

Various ownership inscriptions in Hebrew and Italian on fol. 1r: "questo libro o del mag. ... salamon ... ; purchase note in Hebrew on fol. 1r by Shmuel; birth notes in Hebrew and Italian on fols. 1v-2r, 221(2)v-222r. Censor's signature on fol. 221(1)v: Vicentio de Mattelica, 1622

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. 1061, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I No. 1061, 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 22647


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 1061.
    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. 1061.