Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 50

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection

Contents

Canon (Books I, V) by Avicenna

ff. 2r-306v
Avicenna, 980?-1037אבן סינא, אלחסין בן עבדאללה, Canon (Books I, V) קאנון (ספר א’, ה’)

Nathan's translation.

Colophon: Colophon by Shimshon Kohen Modon on fol. 1r: ... הצעיר שמשון כהן מודון יצ"ו שנת הקס"ב
Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 306
Dimensions (leaf): 293 × 206 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals, but sometimes folio numbers are not written out.

Collation

31 quires of mostly 10 leaves, signatures in Hebrew characters, after the first 21 quires ( א-כא ), numbering restarts ( א-י ), catchwords.

Hand(s)

Sephardi semi-cursive script.

Decoration

Not decorated.

Binding

Light brown leather binding, blind tooled.

History

Origin: [Spain]; [late-13th - early 14th century]

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. 2097, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 2097, 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.

Microfilm

MSS R.R. Film No. F 19911

Bibliography

    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 2097.
    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. 2097.

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