Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Bodl. Or. 85 (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: راویان اخبار و ناقلان آثار و ثلاثهٔ روزگار خوجه نصر الدینڭ کندی ایله زمان سعادتنه اولان بکلریڭ ایله کچن مناقبلری بیان ایدر . حکایت بر کون مرحوم نصر الدین خوجه رحمة الله علیه عورتیله چکشوب [...]
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, MS. Selden Superius 8, MS. Marsh 42, MS. Bodl. Or. 192, and MS. Bodl. Or. 85 (this manuscript).
Language(s): Colloquial Ottoman Turkish.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 22 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 20.6 × 14.6 cm.


Single column of 11 lines per page.


Script: Nesta‘līḳ. Scribe(s) unknown.


Origin: Place and date of origin unknown.

Provenance and Acquisition

Donated to the Bodleian by Reverend Thomas Lancaster of Merton, Surrey on 24 January 1814.

Record Sources


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