MS. Canonici Or. 55
Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection
Lamentations for the Ninth of Av
Before the ḳinot the Book of Lamentations; after the ḳinot the Book of Job and the Book of Jeremiah (until 32:22).
Used by D. Goldschmidt in his edition (Jerusalem, 1968).
Numerous marginal notes, corrections in Hebrew, and one marginal note in Italian (fol. 3r).
Text in one or two columns.
Ashkenazi square scripts.
Jeremiah (fols. 81r-118v) by another hand.
Unfinished decorated initial word (fol. 49r), illustrated initial word (fol. 81)
Decorated catchwords (e.g. 88v, 96v, 104v, 112v)
Red leather binding, gold-tooled.
Provenance and Acquisition
Ownership notes: לעולם יחתום אדם שמו על סיפרו שלו יהא אדם מן השוק ויערער עליו אמר שלי הוא לכן חתמתי שמי... [name is not legible any more, it has been erased](fol.1r) משה אהרן בר יוסף רבא... (fols. 4r, 6r, 118v); description of content in Italian on fol. (i)r.
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.
MSS R.R. Film No. F 16628