Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Elliott 91 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts

Elliott Collection


Summary of Contents: One incomplete copy of a غراٸب الصغر Ġarā'ibu l-ṣiġar, the first of the Chaghatay dīwāns of مير على شير نوائى Mīr ‘Alī Šēr Nawā'ī's four-part series, خزاٸن المعانی Ḫazā'inu l-ma‘ānī. Seems to contain only the ghazals of the first qism , also largely out of order after the first two ghazals. Also lacks the mixed poetical/prose dēbāča which accompanies some versions of the text.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 180 folios
Dimensions: 24.1 × 16.5 cm.


Some water damage along the edges of the pages, especially in the corners. A bit of later writing at the very end beneath the original text (108b) seems to have been deliberately erased.


Single split columns of 14 lines each per page.


Script: Nastaʻlīq. Scribe unknown.


Illuminated frontispiece.

Gold and blue borders throughout, with space left for headings and/or illuminations which are nevertheless absent.


Origin: Date and place of origin unknown.

Provenance and Acquisition

The collections of Sir Gore Ouseley.

The collections of John Bardoe Elliott.

Presented to the Bodleian Library by J.B. Elliott, in 1859.

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on: Beeston, A. F. L. (Alfred Felix Landon); Ethé, Hermann, 1844-1917.; Sachau, Eduard, 1845-1930; Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford; at the Clarendon Press 1889-1953


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