Hebrew and Judaica Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

MS. Laud Or. 282

Oriental Manuscripts Laud Oriental Collection


Libro di Magiḳah ḳi ḳonpos

ff. 1r-416v
Goan di Gil de Burgosגואן גיל די בורגוש, Libro di Magiḳah ḳi ḳonpos ליברו די מאג’יקה קי קונפוש

Treatise on magic in Ladino, title and author is mentioned at the end of the book, on fol. 416v.

According to I. González Llubera (see Romance Philology) Juan Gil is the name of a previous scribe, but G. Beaujouan (see Revista da Universidade de Coímbra) maintaines that he was the author.

Marginal notes sometimes folded.

Fols. 228, 229, 130a are blank.

Language(s): Judeo-Portuguese

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper (watermarks of fols. 85-416 similar to Briquet no. 15523, dated 1397-1402)
Extent: ff. 421
Dimensions (leaf): 280 × 195 mm.
Foliation: Foliation .... Fols. 211, 223, 230 and 324 are double. At the beginning and end parchment flyleaves.


Foliation in Arabic numerals. No signatures, catchwords on every verso.


Slightly cracked binding.


Sephardi semi-cursive scripts.

The beginning (fols. 1-84) is copied by a different hand, on 6-sheet quires of different paper; the continuation (fols. 85-416) is copied on quires of 5 sheets.


Not decorated.


Brown leather binding, blind-tooled, with the gold-tooled coat of arms of Archbisop Laud in the middle; holes for straps.Fragments of a Latin MS are pasted onto the inner covers.


Origin: [Spain]; [ca. 1400]

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership inscriptions: "Joannes Dee 1562 January 8. Louanii emit"; "Liber Guilielmi Laud Archiepi[scopi] Cantuari[iensis] et Cancellarii Universitatis Oxon[iensis] 1633" (fol.1r); Description of the content in English by Archbishop Laud (?) mentioning John Dee (fol. v r)

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. 2067, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I, No. 2067, 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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MSS R.R. Film No. F 19352