Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Bodl. Or. 256 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. 30, interleaved
Dimensions (leaf): 20 × 14.3 cm.


Single column of 11 lines per page throughout.


Script: Dīwānī. Scribe unknown.


On paper of varying colours, mostly beige but some tinted light green, blue, or pink.

Additions: The first page (1b) of the main text is preceded on a fly-leaf (iib) by a transliteration of the Ottoman Turkish of that page into Latin characters in a highly calligraphic bastard hand of unknown, but seemingly contemporary, origin. The hand, spellings, and context all suggest that the transliterator was an Englishman.


Origin: Edirne/Adrianopolis; mid Cemādī el-āḫir 1080 AH; late September 1675 CE

Provenance and Acquisition

Given to the Bodleian Library by William Wood, fellow of Queen's College, Oxford, 22 April 1752.

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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