Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Marsh 61 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts

Marsh Collection


Summary of Contents: An anonymous prose translation into Ottoman Turkish of نصر الله منشی Naṣr Allāh Munshī's Persian translation of کلیله و دمنه Kalīlah wa Dimnah, itself based on the Arabic translation (from either a Pahlavi or Sanskrit version) of ابن المقفع Ibn al-Muqaffa‘.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. 122
Dimensions (leaf): 21 × 14.9 cm.


Single column of 19 lines per page.


Script: Naskh in black ink. Scribe(s) unknown.


Origin: Place of origin unknown. Dated Ẕīlḳa‘de 995 AH; October 1587 CE.

Provenance and Acquisition

The Library of Archbishop Narcissus Marsh, d. 1713.

The Marsh bequest entered the Bodleian Library in 1714.

Record Sources


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