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MS. Huntington 299

Oriental Manuscripts Huntington Collection


ff. 1v-243r
Yitsḥaḳ ben Yosef, active 13th-14th centuryהישראלי, יצחק בן יוסף, Sefer Yesod ʿolam ספר יסוד עולם

The scribe Shalom ben Solomon Yerushalmi copied the MS in Syracuse together with at least one more MS of astronomical content (Vatican,BAV, cod. ebr. 379, copied in 1482). He also ordered the copy of another MS in 1489 (Vatican, BAV, cod. ebr. 91). He is the author of Shabat shalom (Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Poc. 183)

Colophon: Colophon on fol. 222v: נשלם זה הספר שהוא יסוד עולם בשנת חמשת אלפים ומאתים וארבעים וארבע לבריאת עולם במתא סרקוסה דבאי סקאלייא דעל ספר ימא מותבה והיתה השלמתי בחדש אייר בי"ח בו וכתבתי אותו אני שמואל בכ"ר ראובן המכונה מרצאוי וכתבתי אותו ל ... שלום בכ"ר שלמה המכונה ירושלמי
Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: ff. 243
Dimensions (leaf): 274 × 222 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


x quires + 2 leaves inner/outer leaf of quire no signature, no catchwords


Text in one column.


Sephardi semi-cursive script.


Numerous diagrams and tables (e.g. fols. 26v, 85v, 104v, 115r, 118v).

Additions: Tables on fols. 225-243, written on the same paper, very likely by a different hand, perhaps by the owner Shalom, who pointed out the acrostic of his name on fol.231r.


Brown leather binding.


Origin: Syracuse (Sicily); 1484

Provenance and Acquisition

Onwer's inscription on fol. 1r: Roberti Huntington

It belonged to the oriental collection of Robert Huntington (1636/7-1701), and was bought in 1693 together with 645 other MSS for £752 10s.

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, vol. I, by Adolf Neubauer, Oxford 1886, No. 2043, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 2043, 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 19328


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 2043.
    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. 2043.