South-East Asian Manuscripts & Rare Books

Manuscripts from South East Asia were among the earliest gifts to the Library from Archbishop Laud in the seventeenth century. The most significant manuscript collections are those in Burmese or Burmese script (over 30), Javanese (15), Malay (21) and Thai (12), whereas for books, Vietnamese is strongest after Burmese and Thai, and there are relatively few printed items in Cambodian, Lao and Malay. Coverage of the discovery and colonisation of the Dutch East Indies includes many works in Dutch and English from the seventeenth century onwards, and much material on the society, culture and languages of the area’s indigenous peoples.

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