Ethiopic and Amharic manuscripts, mainly service books, prayers, hymns and magic scrolls, 15th-early-20th century. Includes an unusual 17th-century manuscript of a Marian text Arganona weddase ('Harp of Praise') which was acquired in 2002 (MS. Aeth. e. 28), and a finely illustrated 15th-century Gospels (MS. Aeth. c. 2).
Miscellaneous Ethiopic manuscripts in the Bodleian Library
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Ethiopic manuscripts from various sources.
Conditions Governing Access
Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk).
The manuscripts were acquired between 1822 and 2002.
Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.
Other Finding Aids
Some of the manuscripts are briefly described in Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series, with references to the oriental and other manuscripts (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vols. V-VI, nos. 28165-6, 29169, 29376, 29680, 29771, 29897, 30139, 30840, 31596-7, 31723, 32588, 32780, 33014, 33165-6, 35230-1, 36981.
The manuscripts are also summarily described in the card catalogue, arranged by language, located in the Oriental Reading Room.
Several manuscripts are described in Edward Ullendorff Catalogue of Ethiopian manuscripts in the Bodleian library, vol. ii, (Oxford, 1951).
Two further manuscripts are described in A. Dillmann Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae, pars vii. Codices Aethiopici (Oxford, 1848).