Miscellaneous Zend manuscripts in the Bodleian Library

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Zend c. 1-2, 4-5, d. 1-3, e. 1, 2-203 (P)
  • Dates of Creation
      13th-18th centuries
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Avestan, and Pahlavi.
  • Physical Description
      210 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous Zend manuscripts, 13th-18th century. The collection includes two Bactrian texts of the Yasna, one dated 1323 with a translation into Pehlavi, and another written about 1250 with a translation into Sanskrit.

Administrative / Biographical History

Miscellaneous Zend manuscripts. Many given by Dr. Dastur Jamaspji Asana (1830-98), High Priest of the Parsees of Bombay.

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 between 1820 and 1947. Much of the material was given to the Library by Dr. Dastur Jamaspji Asana, through Rev. Lawrence Heyworth Mills (1837-1918), between 1890 and 1899.


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. V-VI, nos. 28781, 30122, 30139, 31495-8, 31749-50.

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

Most of the manuscripts are described more fully in 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), vol. 2; and also in Theodor Aufrecht, Moriz Winternitz, A.B. Keith Codices Sanscriticos complectens, 2 vols. (Oxford, 1864-1909), vol. 2.