Miscellaneous Persian manuscripts in the Bodleian Library

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous Persian manuscripts, 11th-20th century.

The full shelfmarks for the collection are: MSS. Pers. a. 2, 4-5, b. 1, 2 (P), 3-5, 6 (R), 7-10, c. 1-11, 12 (R), 13-32, 34-46, d. 1-45, 47-65, 67-76, 77 (R), 78-133, e. 1-46, 48-77, 78 (R), 79-104, f. 1-16, g. 2.

Administrative / Biographical History

Miscellaneous Persian manuscripts from various 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

The manuscripts were acquired from various sources, by gift and by purchase, between 1698 and 2003.


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. III, V-VI, nos. 8803, 26329-36, 26338-41, 28111-16, 28154, 28159-61, 28775-7, 29155, 29492, 29615, 29680, 29897, 30902-3, 31313, 31741, 32371, 32842-4, 32927-30, 33034-5, 33364-8, 33511-21, 33617-18, 33712, 34023, 34167-8, 34692-5, 35515-6, 35858, 36238, 36993.

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

Fuller descriptions of many manuscripts are 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), vols. 1-3.

Related Material

There are several Persian manuscripts in the collection which was transferred from the Indian Institute, Oxford (MSS. Ind. Inst. Pers. 1-127), and many more in the collections of John Bardoe Elliott (MSS. Elliott), James Fraser (MSS. Fraser), Archbishop Laud (MSS. Laud Or.), Sir Gore Ouseley (MSS. Ouseley Adds.), Sir William Ouseley (MSS. Ouseley), John Selden (MSS. Arch. Seld.; MSS. Selden Superius), Alexander Walker (MSS. A. Walker), Edward Whinfield (MSS. Whinfield) and others.