Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Laud Or. 202 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: Manuscript composed of two separate parts, apparently by the same scribe. The first (folios 1a-64b) is an Armenian vocabulary list with French and Turkish glosses, written by the scribe, who appears to be a native speaker of neither Turkish nor Armenian. The second (folios 65a-80b) is a copy of a letter from the Ottoman Sulṭān Aḥmed I to the Henry IV, King of France, originally composed in late Zīlḥicce 1012 AH = late May 1604 CE, regarding the renewal of the 1604 treaty of capitulation between France and the Sublime Porte which, among other things, guaranteed freedom of worship for the Catholic community in the Ottoman Empire.
Author: Anonymous
Language(s): Armenian vocabulary practice with French and Ottoman Turkish glosses


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: folios 80
Dimensions (leaf): 16.5 × 11.1 cm.


The first part (folios 1a-64b) contains an irregular number of lines organised generally into three columns for Turkish, French, and Armenian, respectively.

The second part (folios 65a-80b) is written in a single column of 13 lines per page throughout.


Arabic script: Clear but obviously a non-native attempt at Naskh. Armenian script: Clear but obviously non-native Šłagir. Scribe unknown, possibly Archbishop William Laud, d. 1645.


Origin: Written no later than 1044 AH; 1634 CE.

Provenance and Acquisition

The Library of Archbishop William Laud, d. 1645.

Donated to the Bodleian Library by Archbishop William Laud, 1635-41.

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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