Mainly Arabic and Persian manuscripts, 13th-17th century, with a single Syriac, and a single Persian/Turkish/Mongolian manuscript. Five were donated by William Thurston; the provenance of many of the other manuscripts remains unknown.
Arabic and Persian manuscripts including five donated by William Thurston
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Administrative / Biographical History
William Thurston (fl 17th century) was a London merchant.
Conditions Governing Access
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).
The manuscripts were acquired between 1661 and 1684. Only five, acquired in 1661, were given by Thurston.
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 (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, nos. 3968-89, 3992-3, 4006-15, 4019, 4021-5.
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), vols. 1-2.
J. UriBibliothecae Bodleianae codicum manuscriptorum Orientalium catalogus pars prima (Oxford 1787). See the Arabic Mohammedan section.
Fuller descriptions of a single manuscript may be found in each of the following: Sukias Baronian and F.C. Conybeare Catalogue of the Armenian Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1918); A. Nicoll Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Orientalium Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars secunda, Arabicos complectens (Oxford, 1835); Robert Payne Smith Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae, pars vi: codices Syriacos, Carshunicos, Mendaeos, complectens (Oxford, 1864)