MS. Canonici Or. 53
Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection
Commentary on Isaiah by David Kimhi
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 ).
Byzantine square and semi-cursive script.
Light brown leather binding, blind tooled.
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.
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
MSS R.R. Film No. F 33098