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MS. Laud Or. 322

Oriental Manuscripts Laud Oriental Collection


Summary of Contents: Isaiah Trani, Pisḳe Riaz
ff. 1r-343v
Isaiah ben Elijah, di Trani, -approximately 1280טרני, ישעיה בן אליהו די, Pisḳe Riaz פסקי ריא"ז

Undoubtedly copied by Benjamin who frequently pointed out the acrostics of this name (e.g., fols. 92v, 166v, 305v).

Marginal notes containing omission and by a later Italian hand containing remarks.

Language(s): Hebrew

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ff. 343
Dimensions (leaf): 410 × 285 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals


34 quires: i-ix 10, x 8, xi-xiii 10, xiv 10-2, xv-xx 10, xxi 14, xxii-xxxii 10, xxxiii 8, xxxiv 8-1; fol. 175 is double catchwords at the end of quires. Hebrew characters to number the quires: quires i-iv ( א-ד ), quires xv-xxi ( א-ח ), quires xxii-


Good condition.


Italian semi-cursive script.


Floral decoration in ink (fol. 137)

Diagram on outer margin on fol. 2r

Additions: Fol. 9 is amended with a leaf from a Latin manuscript.


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


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

Provenance and Acquisition

Censor's signature: Dominico Irosolomi[ta]no 1597 (fol. 342v); purchase note זה הרבינו ישעיה האחרון הוא של האחים במר" שלמה וכמר" אברהם הזרחי מקולונייא יורשי המנוח כמר" מרדכי מקולונייא (fol. 135v); several purchase notes at the end of the MS (fol. 343r); ownership inscription: "Liber Guil[iel]mi Laude Archiepi[scopi] Cantuar[iensis] et Cancellarii Universitatis Oxon[iensis] 1635" (fol. 1r); undeciphered Hebrew note (written twice) on fol. 1r

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. 643, Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda to Vol. I No. 643, 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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    Neubauer, Adolf, Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1886), no. 643.
    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. 643.