Pali manuscripts, mostly Buddhist texts, 17th-20th century.
Miscellaneous Pali manuscripts in the Bodleian Library
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- ReferenceGB 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 Creation17th-20th century
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialPali, Sinhalese, and Burmese.
- Physical Description98 shelfmarks
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Miscellaneous Pali manuscripts from various sources.
Conditions Governing Access
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).
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.