Scribe: Meir ben Samuel of Provence, Pescia, Italy, 1396, 12 1/4 x 9 in. (31.1 x 22.9 cm), MS. Canon. Or. 81, fol. 1b

The acquisition in 1817 of the collection of Matteo Luigi Canonici (1727–c. 1805) represented the largest single purchase of manuscripts ever made by the Bodleian: more than 3,500 books, some 110 in Hebrew. Among these was this fine Italian manuscript, which bears the coat of arms of its commissioner, Daniel ben Samuel the physician. The adoption of a family emblem was widespread among wealthy Italian Jews, in imitation of the practices of the local nobility.


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