Excerpt from Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindustani and Pushtu Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Vol. 3: Additional Persian Manuscripts
In pursuance of this plan, the first part of the quarto catalogue of Persian manuscripts was prepared by E. Sachau and H. Ethe', and published in 1889. This contains entries but no indices, the latter having been reserved for Part II which was then, according to the preface, 'in a forward state of preparation'. Work on Part II was continued by Ethe during the following decade. By about 1900 he had completed full descriptions of Virtually all the Persian manuscripts then in the Library (as well as descriptions of the Turkish, Pushtu and Hindustani ones), and added an 'index of titles of books, technical terms and other designations' for both' Parts I and II. But there was still no index of authors, and publication of the volume was withheld in hopes of getting this index completed. These hopes proved vain: thirty years later the author-index was still undone, and Part II was issued in 1930 as it stood (having been already in type for nearly a quarter of a century), without the author - index.
When I began work on Part III, therefore, I had two objectives: first to catalogue the considerable accessions since 1900, and second to produce an author - index to all three parts of the catalogue. In respect of the former objective, this part contains descriptions of all accessions from about 1900 up to the end of 1952. A substantial proportion of these consists of manuscripts of the Indian Institute library; the latter has been since 1927 administered as a dependent library of the Bodleian, and its orien tal manuscripts are now deposited here. In addition, the reader will find in this part also a few odd manuscripts of earlier acquisition which were overlooked by Ethe.
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