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MS. Canonici Or. 9

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Hebrew translation of Aristotle's works

1. ff. 1r-28r
Luaḥ me-Sefer ha-Midot shel Arisṭo לוח מספר המדות של אריסטו

Fols. 28v is blank.

A detailed index to Aristotle's Ethics.

Language(s): Hebrew
2. ff. 29r-33v
Alguadez, Meir ben Solomon, active 1390-1410אלגואדיש, מאיר בן, Introduction to Aristotle's Hebrew translation of Ethics.

Fols. 34-35 are blank.

Language(s): Hebrew
3. ff. 36r-129r
Aristotleאריסטו, Aristotle's Hebrew translation of Ethics ספר המדות

Fols. 34-35 are blank.

Translation by Meir ben Solomon Alguadez

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: ff. 129
Dimensions (leaf): 215 × 150 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


Catchwords on every verso.


Acceptable condition.


Sephardi semi-cursive script.


Not decorated.


Parchment binding.


Origin: [Sepharad]; [late 15th 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. 1430, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 1430, 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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MSS R.R. Film No. F 22510


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 1430.
    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. 1430.