Miscellaneous Pali manuscripts in the Bodleian Library

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Pali a. 1-9 (R), 10-11, 12 (R), 13, 14 (R), 15-18, 19-21 (R), 22-3, 24 (R), 25, 26-7 (R), 28-9, 30-2 (R), 33-4, 35-42 (R), 44-8 (R), 49, 50 (R), 51, 52-6 (R), 57-60, 61-4 (R), b. 1-4 (R), 5-7, 8-10 (R), 11-12, 13-25 (R), c. 1-3 (R), d. 1 (R), e. 1-5, g. 1 (R)
  • Dates of Creation
      17th-20th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Pali, Sinhalese, and Burmese.
  • Physical Description
      98 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Pali manuscripts, mostly Buddhist texts, 17th-20th century.

Administrative / Biographical History

Miscellaneous Pali 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 came to the Library from various sources between 1830 and 1986; most acquisitions were made between the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.


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. 24677-9, 24684, 28436, 29014, 29897, 30900-1, 31277, 31301, 31602, 31633, 32356, 32370, 32537-8, 32596-601, 32925, 33171, 33176-7, 33180-2, 33358-60, 33362-3, 34688-91, 35297.

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

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.

There is also a manuscript handlist of Pali manuscripts that was prepared in 1880 by Dr. Oscar Frankfurter, which is held in the Oriental Reading Room.

Related Material

A little Pali material is also contained in the collection formerly belonging to the Indian Institute, Oxford (MSS. Ind. Inst. Pali 1-13 (R)), the series of miscellaneous Asiatic material (MSS. Asiat. Misc.) and in the collection of Sir William Ouseley (MSS. Ouseley).