Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Ouseley 103 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts

Shaw Collection


Summary of Contents: One incomplete copy of an anonymous version of the romance of Cāmāsp (a.k.a. Jamasp), son of the prophet Daniel. Missing beginning and end.

Language(s): Ottoman Turkish. Ethé suggests that rhe language is "archaic", though while some spellings reflect a more Old Anatolian Turkish orthography (e.g. اُیله for öyle ) this claim awaits confirmation on the basis of further analysis.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Burnished ragstock paper.
Extent: iii+151+ii
Dimensions (leaf): 22.3 × 17 × 3.1 mm.
Foliation: Folios numbered post factum with European-style numbers.


Missing beginning and end. Extant folios mostly in good condition with a few small tears on some folios.


Single column of 15 lines per page.


Script: Naskh with significant rightward (backward) slant. Possibly a non-native hand. Scribe(s) unknown.


Partial vocalisation and occasional marginalia in Latin and Ottoman on folios 1a-4b by the same, European hand, possibly that of Sir Gore Ouseley.


Origin: Place and date of origin unknown.

Provenance and Acquisition

The collections of Sir Gore Ouseley, d. 1844

Purchased by the Bodleian Library in 1858.

Record Sources


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