Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 73

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Pisḳe Riaz

ff. 1r-171r
Isaiah ben Elijah, di Trani, -approximately 1280טרני, ישעיה בן אליהו די, Pisḳe Riaz פסקי ריא"ז
Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: ff. 171
Dimensions (leaf): 284 × 205 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


18 quires: i 8, ii-xviii 10; signatures in Hebrew characters (quires i-xii), catchwords sometimes decorated.


Two columns. Pricking and ruling are often visible.


Italian semi-cursive scripts.

The handwriting varies but fols. 1-118 were most probably written by one scribe, who pointed out the acrostic or the name Benjamin in both variants of the script (fols. 23r, 67r, 104v)

Fols. 119-178 were written by a different hand.


Decorated initial-word panels.

Numerous foliate borders in colours inhabited with birds.

Decorated catchwords.


Parchment binding


Origin: [Italy]; [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. 648, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 648, 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 20564


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 648.
    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. 648.