Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 81

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Commentary on the Pentateuch by Rashi

ff. 1r-191r
Rashi, 1040-1105שלמה בן יצחק (רש"י), 1040-1105, Commentary on the Pentateuch פרוש התורה לרש"י
Colophon: Colophon on fol. "אני מאיר בכמ"ר שמואל מפרוינצא כתבתי בהר פישאה ... אל הנעלה ר’ דניאל יזי"י בכמ"ר שמואל הרופא דיין והשלמתיו יום ג’ י"ז אלול של שנת קנ"ו"
Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 191
Dimensions (leaf): × mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals. Fol. 48 is blank.


Text in one column.


Sephardi semi-cursive script.




Brown leather binding, blind-tooled.


Origin: Pescia (Italy); 1396

Provenance and Acquisition

Written for Daniel ben Samuel ha-Rofe, ; his arms (fol. ); three other manuscripts are linked to Daniel ben Samuel ha-Rofe: British Library, Or. 2736 and Add. 26968; Venice, Jewish Museum, MS 85.

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. 189, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 189,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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