Miscellaneous Asiatic manuscripts in the Bodleian Library

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Asiat. Misc. a. 1-41, b. 1-12, c. 1-53, d. 1-3, 5-46, e. 1-17, f. 1-5
  • Dates of Creation
      18th-19th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Bengali, Hittite, Other Finno-Ugrian, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish, Lao, Other Sino-Tibetan, Malay, Other Semitic, Mongolian, Pali, Pushto, Shan, Other Mon-Khmer, Thai, and Tibetan.
  • Physical Description
      173 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous Asiatic manuscripts, 18th-19th century. Includes manuscripts in the following languages: Bengali, Hittite, Khanti, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish, Laotian, Lolo, Malay, Mandaean, Mongolian, Moso (Naxi), Pali, Pashto, Shan, Siamese, Talaing, Thai, and Tibetan.

Administrative / Biographical History

The manuscripts were obtained from several 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 1861-98. Several were given by, or bought from, R.L. Stolper, 1993. Many others were purchased from Asian Arts Ltd., 1991-3.


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

Other Finding Aids

A few 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, V-VI, nos. 8813, 28805, 30883, 31748, 33174-5, 34685.

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

Some of the manuscripts are described in J. Filliozat 'A Survey of the Pali manuscript collection in the Bodleian Library Oxford', Journal of the Pali Text Society, vol. 24 (1998), pp.18-23.