Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 68

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Commentary on the Book of Psalms by David Kimhi

ff. 2r-136r
Kimhi, David, approximately 1160-approximately 1235קמחי, דוד בן יוסף, Commentary on the Writings (Psalms) פרוש כתובים לרד"ק (תהלים)

Erasures by censors (e.g. fols. 5r, 23r, 45v, 69v, 109r)

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: ff. 136
Dimensions (leaf): 294 × 210 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


6 quires: i 22, ii-iii 26, iv 24, v 26, vi 14-3; signatures in Hebrew characters, catchwords.


Fol. 16 is torn, paper is a bit fragile.


Text in one column.


Sephardi semi-cursive script. Written by the same hand on the same paper as those of MS Can. Or. 52


Not decorated.


Parchment binding.


Origin: [Italy?]; [early 15th century]

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership inscription on fol. 136v: "אי"ש ג"ר אנכי בארץ" [=אברהם יוסף שלמה גרציאנו] . Censors' signatures: Renato da Mod[en]a 1626, Fra Luigi da Bologna 1599, Camillo Jaghel 1613 (fol. 136v).

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. 324, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 324, 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 17222


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 324.
    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. 324.