Miscellaneous Turkish manuscripts in the Bodleian Library

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Turk. a.2-5 (R), b. 1, 2-4 (R), c. 1-7, 8-11 (R), 12-13, d. 1-30, 31-2 (R), 33-52, e. 1-61, 62-4 (R), 65-85, 86-7 (R), 88-112, f. 1-8, g. 1 (R)
  • Dates of Creation
      12th-19th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Ottoman Turkish (1500-1928), and Turkish.
  • Physical Description
      194 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Ottoman Turkish and Turkish manuscripts, 12th-19th century, including manuscripts of Divan poetry.

Administrative / Biographical History

Miscellaneous Turkish 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

Acquired between 1698 and 1990. Over sixty of the manuscripts were purchased from Tiflis through the British Museum in May of 1923. Some fifty were purchased from Oxford booksellers J. Thornton & Son. between 1963 and 1972.


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

Other Finding Aids

Some of the manuscripts are summarily 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. II, V-VI, nos. 3597, 8736, 27604, 28779-80, 29897, 30122, 30139, 30988-94, 32009, 34026-7, 34173-4.

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

Gnay Kut Supplementary catalogue of Turkish manuscripts in the Bodleian Library : with reprint of the 1930 catalogue by H. Eth (Oxford, 2003).

Some manuscripts are in the second volume of 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. 1-3.

Related Material

The oriental collections of Archbishop Laud (MSS. Laud Or.) and John Selden (MSS. Arch. Seld. A.; MSS. Selden Superius) also contain a number of Turkish manuscripts.