MS. Canonici Or. 54
Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection
Commentary on Job by Zerahiah ben Isaac Gracian
Yehudah ben Daniʾel of Lotsira sold the MS to Nataniʾel ben Shabbatai of Norbits; witnesses: Mosheh ben Shabbatai and Shmuʾel ben Shmuʾel of Modena (see ownership inscriptions at the beginning and at the end).
Sephardi semi-cursive script.
Brown leather binding, blind tooled.
Provenance and Acquisition
The same ownership note is written a few times by various hands: יהודה וצבי (?) בכמ"ר עמנואל זורף(?) (fol. 1r); various other notes on fol. 1r including a partially illegibly Latin (or Italian?) note; ownership note by Shimshon Kohen Modon: קנין הצעיר שמשון כהן מודון (fol.1v). Purchase note in Italian semi-cursive on fol. 181v: Yehudah ben Shmuel (?) sold it to Nataniel ben Shabati (?) in 259(?) (=1499); illegible note on the bottom of fol. 181v.
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 16190