Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Bodl. Or. 185 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: An anonymous collection of stories about Nasreddin, Hoca, active 13th century.

Language(s): Ottoman Turkish

Author: anonymous
Incipit: (folio 1a, line 1) روایت‌در نصر الدین خواجه بر کون منبره چقوب [...]
Filiation: The Asian and Middle Eastern Special Collections at Oxford's Bodleian Libraries holds at least seven manuscripts of Nasreddin Hoca stories in Ottoman Turkish: MS. Bodl. Or. 627, MS. Bodl. Or. 185 (this manuscript), MS. Laud. Or. 178, MS. Selden Superius 8, MS. Marsh 42, MS. Bodl. Or. 192, and MS. Bodl. Or. 85.
Language(s): Colloquial Ottoman Turkish.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 31 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 14.9 × 10.2 mm.


Single column of 9 lines per page.


Script: Nesta‘līḳ. Scribe(s) unknown.


Origin: Place of origin unknown. Dated 13 Cemāẕīelevvel 979 AH; 3 October 1571 CE.

Provenance and Acquisition

Exact provenance unknown.

Acquired by the Bodleian sometime between 1685 and 1883.

Record Sources


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