Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 74

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection

Contents

Milḥamot ha-Shem

ff. 1r-173r
Levi ben Gershom, 1288-1344לוי בן גרשם, 1288-1344, Milḥamot ha-Shem מלחמות השם

Numerous maniculae.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper (watermark is similar to Briquet no. 5222, dated 1476-1487; watermark also on flyleaf)
Extent: ff. 173
Dimensions (leaf): 272 × 203 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.

Collation

17 quires: i-xvi 10, xvii 4-1; no signatures, catchwords at the end of quires.

Condition

Paper is often cracked in the line of the ruling.

Layout

Main text in two columns, ruling is often visible. Italian quiring and technique of ruling.

Hand(s)

Sephardi semi-cursive script

Binding

Quarter bound, yellow paper, wooden board.

History

Origin: [Italy]; [late 15th century]

Provenance and Acquisition

Purchase note on fol. 1r: קנין ... שמשון כהן מודון

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. 1289, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 1289, and on the data of the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, National Library of Israel with additional enhancements by the cataloguer.

Availability

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures contact Bodleian Admissions). Contact specialcollections.enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript.

Microfilm

MSS R.R. Film No. F 22103

Bibliography

    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 1289.
    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. 1289.

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