Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 53

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Commentary on Isaiah by David Kimhi

ff. 1r-121r
Kimhi, David, approximately 1160-approximately 1235קמחי, דוד בן יוסף, Commentary on Isaiah פרוש נביאים לרד"ק (ישעיה)

Written by Yiśraʾel Ashkenazi ben ʿAzaryah ben Mosheh, finished on Tuesday 22 Heshṿan 5211 (1450). Yiśraʾel sold it to Shlomoh ben Yitsḥaḳ Naḥum in 5237 (1477). Later it belonged to Eliahu Naḥum, the son of the latter.

Purchase note is localised in Chios ( כיאו ).

Colophon: Colophon on fol. 121r: "נשלם פי’ ישעיה הנביא לרבי’ דוד קמחי ז"ל עם הגירסא על ידי ... ישראל אשכנזי בכה"ר עזריא אשכנזי יצ"ו בכה"ר משה אשכנזי תʹנʹצʹבʹהʹ יום גʹ כ"ב לירח חשון שנת ה’רי"א" .
Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper. Outer and inner sheets of quires made of parchment.
Extent: ff. 121
Dimensions (leaf): 280 × 200 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


7 quires: i 16-1, ii-vii 16, viii 16-6; Hebrew/Arabic characters no catchwords or signatures.


Worm-eaten, fragile leaves.


Byzantine square and semi-cursive script.


Not decorated.


Light brown leather binding, blind tooled.


Origin: [Byzantinum]; 1450

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership inscription on fol. 1r: "אליאו נחום במאו"ר ... שלמה" ; purchase note written by the scribe: "אלול הרל"ז בכיאו" "אני ישראל בכ"ר עזריא אשכנזי ספר מתא מקהלת כיאו מכרתי הספר הזה לכמ’ שלמה בכ"ר יצחק נחום יצ"ו" (fol. 121v).

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. 85, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 85, and on the data of the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, National Library of Israel with additional enhancements by the cataloguer.


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)


MSS R.R. Film No. F 33098


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 85.
    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. 85.