Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Caps. Or. C. 11 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: Copy of a history of the Ottoman Sulṭāns from the rise to power of ʻOs̱mān I to the ascension of Murād III. Ethé notes that this extends twenty years beyond all other known copies of this work. Since the author is supposed to have died before completing it, this suggests either that the author lived longer than previously thought, or that this part of the text was added on by a later anonymous author.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. 97
Dimensions (leaf): 21 × 14.3 cm.


Single columns of 11 lines per page.


Script: Splendid nastaʻlīq, fully vocalised throughout.




Origin: No earlier than the date of the last event recounted in the chronicle, i.e. 987 AH; 1574 CE

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought from Howell and Stewart, London, 1827.

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on: Beeston, A. F. L. (Alfred Felix Landon); Ethé, Hermann, 1844-1917.; Sachau, Eduard, 1845-1930; Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford; at the Clarendon Press 1889-1953


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