Polyglot manuscripts in oriental languages in the Bodleian Library

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Or. Polyg. a. 1-3 (R), c. 1-3, d. 1-2, f. 1
  • Dates of Creation
      17th-19th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Chinese, Syriac, Aramaic, Gujarati, Avestan, Pahlavi, Urdu, and Hebrew.
  • Physical Description
      9 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Polyglot manuscripts in oriental languages, 17th-19th century. Includes coloured drawings of the Taj Mahal, a rubbing of a Nestorian inscription, part of the Yasna, and psalms and prayers in several oriental languages.

Administrative / Biographical History

Polyglot manuscripts in oriental languages 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 from various individuals, the earliest being given by John Evans in 1695, and the latest by R.W. Chapman in 1926.


The series was formed before 1893.

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

Other Finding Aids

Brief descriptions of all 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. V-VI, nos. 20898, 27763, 28739, 29056, 30897, 33032, 36358, 36994.

MS. Or. Polyg. a. 1 (R), c. 3, and f. 1 are described more fully 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. 2-3.

MSS. Or. Polyg. f. 1 is additionally described in Theodor Aufrecht, Moriz Winternitz, A.B. Keith Codices Sanscriticos complectens, 2 vols. (Oxford, 1864-1909), vol. 2; and 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).