Coptic manuscripts of Paul Ernest Jablonski

Scope and Content

Five volumes of Paul Ernest Jablonski's Coptic manuscripts, 18th-19th century. Includes a psalter, parts of the Bible, and liturgies.

Administrative / Biographical History

Paul Ernest Jablonski (1693-1757) was one of the earliest Coptic scholars. The Library's admission registers show him to have visited Oxford in 1718 to work on the manuscripts.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

The manuscripts were purchased by the Radcliffe Trust following Jablonski's death. They were deposited in the Bodleian in 1894.


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, 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), vol. VI, nos. 31742-6.

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

Related Material

Some transcripts of biblical and liturgical texts, and notes on the Coptic language made by Jablonski, as well as transcripts of his transcripts, are in the Clarendon Press Manuscripts (MSS. Clar. Press. d. 17, e. 9, 11, 15).