Miscellaneous Javanese manuscripts in the Bodleian Library

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Jav. a. 1-3 (R), b. 1-6 (R), 7-8, c. 1-2, 3-5 (R), d. 1-3, e. 1-2 (R), f. 1, g. 1-4
  • Dates of Creation
      17th-19th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Javanese, Batak (Indonesia), Dutch, Balinese, Sasak, and Malay.
  • Physical Description
      26 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Mainly Javanese manuscripts, with some Balinese, Batak, Malay, Sasak and Sudanese material, 17th-19th century.

Administrative / Biographical History

Miscellaneous Javanese 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 mostly at the end of the nineteenth century, though two were given by Andrew James in 1627. The most recent acquisition was made in 1998.


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.I, V-VI, nos. 245-6, 2980, 2985, 28102-4, 28743, 29897, 30882, 31985-7, 32354, 32366-8, 32494, 32495, 32535, 32839-40, 32923, 33452, 36984.

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