Arabic and Persian manuscripts of George Sale

Scope and Content

Arabic and Persian manuscripts of George Sale, mainly poetry and belles-lettres, 13th-18th century.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Sale (1697?-1736) was the translator of the first English version of the Qur'an. See the Dictionary of National Biography for details.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

Bought for the Radcliffe Library, Oxford, in 1760, and transferred from there to the Bodleian Library in 1872.


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

Other Finding Aids

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

Many of the manuscripts are in E. Sachau, H. Eth and A.F.L. Beeston Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindstn, and Pusht manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, 3 vols. (Oxford, 1889-1953), vols. 1-2.