Near Eastern manuscripts of Thomas Tanner

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Tanner Or. 173, 384-5, 442
  • Dates of Creation
      13th-17th? century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Hebrew, Turkish, Arabic, and Syriac.
  • Physical Description
      4 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Tanner's four oriental manuscripts, 13th-17th? century, are in Arabic, Hebrew (a Bible), Syriac and Turkish.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Tanner (1674-1735) matriculated at Queen's College, Oxford, in 1689. In 1697 he became Fellow of All Souls. He was Prebendary of Ely, 1713-23, Archdeacon of Norfolk in 1721, and Canon of Christ Church from 3 February 1724. On 23 January 1732 he was made Bishop of St. Asaph. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

By his will Tanner's manuscripts passed to the Library, and were received about three months after his death.


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

Other Finding Aids

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), vol. III, nos. 9999, 10211-2, 10269.

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

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), vol. 2.

A. Neubauer and A.E. Cowley Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian library, and in the College Libraries of Oxford, 2 vols., Catalogi Codd. MSS. Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars xii, (Oxford, 1886-1906), vol. 1. More recently, a 'Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda', which has to be used in conjunction with Neubauer's Catalogue, was published (Oxford 1994).

J. UriBibliothecae Bodleianae codicum manuscriptorum Orientalium catalogus pars prima (Oxford 1787).

Related Material

Tanner's western manuscripts (MSS. Sancroft 1-145; Tanner 1-10, 10*, 11-56, 57a-b, 58a-b, 59a-b, 60a-b, 61, 62a-b, 63-72, 73a-b, 74-169, 169*, 170-225, 225*, 226-74, 275a-b, 276-454, 455a-b, 456a-b, 457-63, 464a-e, 465-9, 469*, 470-3) are held in the Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.