Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Bodl. Or. 75 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: Three works in Ottoman Turkish and Arabic; one Ottoman Turkish text on magic and alchemy, one set of anonymous Ottoman Turkish hymns, and one Arabic-Turkish glossary.

Language(s): Ottoman Turkish with some Arabic and Persian

1. folios 1b-11b
Author: anonymous
Incipit: (folio 1a, title of first table) در بیان ساعت روز ; (folio 1b, beginning of text) ایّها الاخ العزیز اسعد الله تعالی اکر طالب ایسڭ کمیایه راغب سیمیا ایسڭ بلکل کم کمیاء اکبردر

Flyleaf [vi]b gives the Latin descriptive title Arithmeticae Institutiones ex dono Sharpie; Lingua Turcica, of whicht he first two words are stuck through.

Language(s): Ottoman Turkish with some sentences in Persian and Arabic


2. folios 12b-17b
Author: anonymous
Incipit: حق بیوردی عزرافیله بیراق هی هی های هی های ایلت سلامم محّمد اشتیاق ویرمه جان نزعنده هیچ دردفراق
Language(s): Ottoman Turkish


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: vi (unnumbered) flyleaves + 30 folios + iii (unnumbered) flyleaves
Dimensions (leaf): 20.3 × 13.7 cm.


Single column of 23 lines per page on folios 1b-11b.

Single column of 10 or 11 lines per page on folios 12b-17b.

Two columns of 6 lines per page on folios 17b-30a.


Script: Nesḫ in black ink with red ink for headings and Turkish glosses of Arabic words.


Table and text borders in red.

Additions: Copious notes in Persian, Arabic, and Hebrew on the initial flyleaves. The Hebrew appears in Rashi and Solitreo scripts in various hands, some more skilled than others.


Origin: Place and date of origin unknown.

Provenance and Acquisition

Gifted to the Bodleian by someone with the surname Sharpie some time between 1613 and 1620.

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