Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 60

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Commentary on the Writings by Rashi

ff. 1v-70r
Rashi, 1040-1105שלמה בן יצחק (רש"י), Commentary on the Writings (Psalms, Proverbs, Job) פרוש כתובים לרש"י (אמ"ת)

End is missing.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 70
Dimensions (leaf): 237 × 180 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals; fols. 44r, 44v, 45r are blank.


7 quires of 10 leaves. Quires i-iv: signatures in Hebrew characters, another set of signatures in Arabic characters from left to right, not always visible. catchwords, repeated words, marked central opening


Two columns; flesh and hair side are distinguishable, ruling is often visible.


Italian semi-cursive script.

Last quire (fols. 61r-70v) except for the first 9 lines, is written by another hand.

Additions: Fragment of a leaf inserted between fols. 39 and 40 upside down, written by a different hand.


Light brown leather binding, blind-tooled, marble paper pastedowns


Origin: [Italy]; [14th century]

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership inscriptions on fol. 1r: ...זה הפירוש שלי ראובן ... בר שבתי "זה הוא מהספרים שכתבו לי יוסף כהן בכאמ"ר שלמה" ; "זה פירוש שלי אברהם בכר יוסף כהן ישר"ו" ; רʹ שבתי בר ראובן ... זמן טו ימים "לחלקי משה כהן בכ"ר אברהם כהן ... ר"ז" ; ownership inscription on fol. 2r: "הגיע לחלק כמ’ יואב בחלקו עם אחיו ר’ מנחם של"ד"

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. 321, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 321, 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)


MSS R.R. Film No. F 17240


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 321.
    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. 321.
    Perani, Mauro, L'interculturalità dell'ebraismo (Ravenna: Longo, 2004), 167.