Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 57

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Canon (Book III) by Avicenna

ff. 1r-337v
Avicenna, 980?-1037 אבן סינא, אלחסין בן עבדאללה, 980-1037 , Canon (Book III) קאנון (ספר ג’)

Anonymous translation.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment and paper: quires i-xiv, i[xvi], [xxvii] are made of parchment solely; quires xv, [xvii]-[xxvi]: the external bifolium is parchement, the inner bifolia are paper (watermarks similar to Briquet no. 3166 or 3188, dated 1341 and 1334 respectively)
Extent: ff. 337
Dimensions (leaf): 276 × 207 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals, fol. 90 is double, both foliated as '90(i)'.


quires: i-xiv 10, xv 15, i[xvi]-iv[xix] 10, [xx] 16, [xxi]-[xxvi] 20, [xxvii] 6-1 signatures in Hebrew characters, at quire [xvi] it restarts. catchwords at the end of the quires.


Text in two columns.


Italian semi-cursive script.


Not decorated.


Leather binding, gold-tooled, blind-tooled.


Origin: [Italy]; [early 14th century; paper-parchment parts: mid-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. 2102, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 2102, and on the data of the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, National Library of Israel with additional enhancements by the cataloguer.


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Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


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    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 2102.
    B. Richler, Ḳorot 8 (1982): 149, 159.
    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. 2102.