Friday, November 11, 2005

Researching Mss in the Bodleian Library

I just came back from a reaserach-trip at the Bodleian Library/Oxford. The collection of oriental manuscripts is without doubt among the most important in the world. Still few catalogues have been published most of them really old (19th/early 20th), which does not reflect the current list of Mss; especially that the Library is keeping buying wonderful manuscripts. Fortunately a new catalogue of Arabic Mss is being prepared by Dr. Savage-Smith, which should be published by 2007.
Here is a list of the catalogues Arabic/Turkish-Ottoman/Persian Mss with the newest first:
- 2003: Supplementary catalogue of Turkish manuscripts in the Bodleian Library [electronic resource] : with reprint of the 1930 catalogue by H. Ethé / by Günay Kut.
-1958: A descriptive catalogue of the Persian paintings in the Bodleian Library/by Basil Robinson
-1925: The Arabic musical manuscripts in the Bodleian library; a descriptive catalogue with illustrations of musical instruments, by Henry George Farmer.
-1889: Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû manuscripts in the Bodleian Library / begun by Ed. Sachau ; continued, completed and edited by Hermann Eth.
-1845: Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum bibliothecae Bodleianae


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