Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Hertford 30 (Hertford College Library, Hertford College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts


A copy of the Qurʼān.

A complete copy.

Language(s): Arabic


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. 308; first two and last two folios are blank.
Dimensions (leaf): 186 × 110 mm.


One column throughout. Fols. 3b and 4a have seven lines of text each per page; otherwise fifteen lines per page; text box has been frame-ruled. 120 × 67 mm.


Script: Small Naskh in black ink. Chapter headings in white. Text is fully pointed. Recitation rules in red ink. Ten-verse markers are indicated by the word عشر in red ink, ḥizbs and half ḥizbs with نصفح and حزب in red, and each juzʾ with a different flowerburst and foliate design.


Folios 3b and 4a decorated in gold and other colours with floral and foliate designs in blue, red, and pink. Verse endings are marked with gold roundels. Text boxes are in gold with red outlines.


Eastern binding in red leather over boards stamped with floral and foliate lozenge and corner pieces.


Origin: Undated.

Provenance and Acquisition

Fol. 308b contains a Latin (with a line in Greek) inscription written by J. W. Burgon, Dean of Chichester (d. 1888) and dated 3rd March 1869 when he donated this book to then Laudian Professor of Arabic at Oxford, Robert Gandell

Ex libris Colleg. Hertf. apud Oxon.

The Hertford College Manuscripts are on long-term deposit with the Bodleian Library.

Record Sources

Born digital, with reference to Hertford College's Handlist of Manuscripts.


Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures contact Bodleian Admissions). Contact specialcollections.enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript

Funding of Cataloguing

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


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