Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. D'Orville 543 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: One copy of پیری رٸیس Pīrī Re'īs's بحریه Baḥriye, a topographical survey of the islands and coasts of the Mediterranean.
Title: بحریه
Title: Baḥriye
Incipit: حمد بی حدّ و ثنای بی عدّ اول ستّار العیوب و غفّار الذنوب پادشاهِ که کمال قدرتین و بداٸع صنپتین ظهوره کتوروب نوع انسانی اشرف مخلوقاتدن ایدوب
Language(s): Ottoman Turkish


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. 142
Dimensions (leaf): 29.5 × 20.3 cm.
Foliation: Ethé (1930: 1177-1179 § (41) 2079)) suggests that the folios as they are are out of order, with some having being rearranged upside-down.


Single column of 27 lines per page.


Script: careful Nasta‘līq in black ink with red ink for section headings and place names. Scribe(s) unknown.


Many maps throughout in black, blue, green, red, and yellow inks.


Origin: Completed in late December 1587 CE; late Muḥarrem 996 CE, possibly in ; Dersa‘ādet (İstanbul).

Provenance and Acquisition

The collections of Jacques Philippe D'Orville, d. 1751.

Purchased by the Bodleian Library in 1804.

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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