The Four Gospels

Scope and Content

This manuscript, copied on paper in two columns in regular bolorgir (round hand) script, is of the sixteenth century. It has no colophon, hence its date and provenance are unknown. However, the scribe has left several discreet memorials seeking prayers from future generations for the salvation of the soul of 'the unworthy scribe Movses'. A later inscription dated 8 November 1774 records that an Armenian priest named Ter Hovhannes gave the manuscript 'to a certain Englishman named Brown'.

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

A selection of William Marsden's manuscript collection was transferred from King's College London to SOAS shortly after the School's foundation in 1916.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

H15 x W10.9cm

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance

Custodial History

Formerly part of the library of the Orientalist and linguist William Marsden (1754-1836), a portion of which he presented to King's College London in 1835.