Miscellaneous Telugu manuscripts in the Bodleian Library

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 GB MSS. Tel. b. 1-11, 12-14 (R), c. 1-2, d. 1, 2 (R), 3-5, e. 1 (R)
  • Dates of Creation
      17th-19th cenrury
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Telugu, Sanskrit, and Tamil.
  • Physical Description
      22 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous Telugu manuscripts, 17th-19th century, including paintings representing the Vaisnava idols of the temples of South India, a work on Sanskrit grammar in Telugu script, and manuscripts of epic poetry.

Administrative / Biographical History

Miscellaneous Telugu manuscripts from various sources.

Access Information

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).

Acquisition Information

The manuscripts were acquired between c. 1697 and 1976. Eight of the manuscripts were given by John Lewis, chaplain of the English Merchants at Fort St. George, afterwards part of Madras, in 1698.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

Some of the manuscripts are 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. II, V-VI, nos. 8711, 27582-8, 27590-1, 29615, 30982-5, 32007, 33530.

The manuscripts are also summarily described in the card catalogue, arranged by language, located in the Oriental Reading Room.

Ten of the manuscripts are described in the unpublished catalogue of Dravidian language manuscripts compiled by Rev. Dr. George Uglow Pope. A manuscript draft may be consulted in the Oriental Reading Room.

Related Material

The oriental manuscripts of Archbishop William Laud contain a Telugu almanac for the year 1632 A.D. (MS. Laud Or. e. 1).