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MS. Laud Or. 152

Oriental Manuscripts Laud Oriental Collection


Mishneh Torah, Books 1-3

ff. 1r-88v
Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204משה בן מימון, Mishneh Torah (Sefer Madaʿ- Sefer Ahavah) משנה תורה (ספר מדע-אהבה)

Content: Mishneh Torah Book 1- Book 3, 3:10 (end wanting), with the Maimuni glosses.

Description of content in Latin on inner pastedown.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 89
Dimensions (leaf): 350 × 245 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals.


11 quires: i-x 8, xi 8+1 no signatures catchwords at the end of quires (except quire ii)


parchment: hair side/flesh side hardly distinguishable, pricking is often visible in outer margins.


Ashkenazi semi-cursive script.


Main text and glosses are interwoven in geometrical shapes (e.g. fols. 30v, 31r, 38v, 45v, 46r, 47r, 62r)


Brown leather binding, blind-tooled, with the gold-tooled coat of arms of Archbisop Laud in the middle; holes for straps; spine slightly damaged.


Origin: [Ashkenaz]; [late 14th century]

Provenance and Acquisition

Owners' inscriptions: " אליעזר ב"ר שמואל בכהן ז"ל "; " משה בר אשר הכוהן זל " (fol. 1r); " שלי הוא המיימני אליעזר בר שמואל הכהן שליט זצל "; " אשר בן ... יוסף ... מילדי גיינצבורג ... ממנו קנתי נאום ... אליעזר ... בן ... שמואל שלי"ט אולמא מגיינצבורג שנת שס"א לפ"ק "; " ברוך ה אשר הניעני הנה כפר היטנום בשנת של"ב אדם קצה בחיו בשנת רעב ושנת חצי דבר ... והנני גר הייתי פה ומלמד תינוקו של כמר זלמון ברייטן במר משה כ"ץ ... צדוק בר אליעזר ז"ל איש פרוסטיץ בארץ מערהרן " (fol. 88v); " אני אשר בר יעקב הכהן ז"ל " (fol. 89v) "Liber Guil[ie]lmi Laude Archiepi[scopi] Cant[uariensis] et Cancellarii Universit[atis] Oxon[iensis] 1636"

Donated to the Library by Archbishop William Laud (see Summary Catalogue, vol.II, part 1, pp.13-14).

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, vol. I, by Adolf Neubauer, Oxford 1886, No. 578, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 578, 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 19449


    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 578.
    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. 578.