Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Laud Or. 178 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts

Laud Collection


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) بر کون خواجه منبره چقوب وعظ ایدرکن [...]
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, MS. Laud. Or. 178 (this manuscript), 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: 50 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 14.9 × 9.8 mm.


Single column of 7 lines per page.


Script: Nesta‘līḳ. Scribe(s) unknown.


Origin: Place and date of origin unknown.

Provenance and Acquisition

The Library of Archbishop William Laud, d. 1645.

Donated to the Bodleian Library by Archbishop William Laud in 1635.

Record Sources


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