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MS. Canonici Or. 79

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Arbaʾah Ṭurim (Even ha-ʾezer, Ḥoshen mishpaṭ)‏

ff. 1r-453r
Jacob ben Asher, approximately 1269-approximately 1340יעקב בן אשר, Arbaʾah ṭurim (Even ha-ʾezer, Ḥoshen mishpaṭ)‏ טור (אבן העזר, חשן משפט)
Colophon: Colophon (fol. ): "אני משה ממשפחת בית אל מפרווינצה מעיר אויניון כתבתי זה הספר ... אל ... ... והיתה התחלתו ראש חדש כסליו משנת קצ"ח ליצירה" והיתה השלמתו ראש חדש ניסן מהשנה ההיא" ‬ . The name of the patron has been erased. The scribe is Mosheh Beit El of Avignon started the codex at the beginning of Kislev [5]198 (Nov 1437) and finished it at the beginning of Nisan [5]198 (April 1438)
Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Italian parchment and quiring.
Extent: ff. 453
Dimensions (leaf): × mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


Sephardi semi-cursive script.


Not decorated.


Origin: [Italy]; 1438

Provenance and Acquisition

Birth register for the years 1596-1622. Censors' singatures (fol. 453v): Luigi da Bologna, 1598; Gio. Montif[alcone]; Camillo Jaghel, 1613

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. 711, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 711,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

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    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 711.
    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. 711.