Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Canonici Or. 91

Oriental Manuscripts Canonici Oriental Collection


Pentateuch with Hafṭarot and Five Scrolls

ff. 3r-307r
Pentateuch, Hafṭarot and Five Scrolls תורה, הפטרות ומגלות
Colophon: Colophon of the scribe on fol. 307r: "אני יהודה בר’ מנחם הסופר סיימתי ... לר’ גרשום בר’ אליעזר ביום ג’ ... ארבע ימים בתוך ירח אב שנת חמשת אלפים וששים וארבע לבריאת העולם" ; colophon of the punctuator (naḳdan) on fol. 307r (in the masorah) : "אני אליעזר בר’ ישעיה הנקדן נקדתי ומסרתי ... שנת חמשת אלפים וששים וחמשה"
Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 308
Dimensions (leaf):
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


Ashkenazi square script


Micrography in initial-word panels (fols. 3r, 68r, 120r, 154r, 208v) and in the margins (e.g.m fols. 48v, 134r, 193v, 230v, 307r)

Colophon in decorated border surrounded by hunting scene (ink drawing)

Carmina figurata (e.g.m fols. 153r, 153v, 208r)


Brown leather binding.


Origin: [Ashkenaz]; 1305

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. 22, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 22, 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 33035


    Kennicott, Benjamin, Dissertatio generalis in Vetus Testamentum Hebraicum: cum variis lectionibus, ex codicibus manuscriptis et impressis. Recudi curavit et notas adiecit Paulus Iacobus Bruns. Brunovici: Orphanotrophei, 1783.
    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 22.
    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. 22.