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Polosin Val. [Review:] Lucy-Anne Hunt. The Mingana and Related Collections. A Survey of lllustrated Arabic, Greek, Eastern Christian, Persian and Turkish Manuscripts in the Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham: s.a. [1997?], 93 pp. // Manuscripta Orientalia. Vol. 8. No. 3. September 2002. P. 66—67.


The short book under review here (henceforth, the Survey) was conceived by its author to complement already published catalogues of Eastern manuscripts held at the Library of the Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham. A bibliography of those catalogues is given in the first chapter of the Survey (pp. 2–4) entitled “Introduction”. It is accompanied by a description of the library collection by language. The following collections are thus described: Arabic manuscripts (Muslim and Christian). Persian, Turkish, Syriac, Greek, Armenian, and Ethiopian manuscripts and scrolls; papyrae; fragments of Jewish manuscripts (mainly from the Cairo Genizah), fragments from Georgian manuscripts from Sinai, etc. The author of the Survey explains (p. 3) that an addition to existing descriptions was necessary because at the time of the initial cataloguing of the Birmingham manuscript collections, questions of manuscripts artistic virtues were given short shrift. Moreover. a portion of the manuscripts remained uncatalogued up through the present (their total number is not given). Some of them (Turkish, Persian and Arabic) are described for the first time in the Survey (in the tenth, concluding chapter). The author says the following about the principles of describing manuscripts in the Survey: “The basic description follows a format frequently used in manuscript cataloguing: the measurements, binding, state, date, content of the text, palaeography, codicology and a list of the illustrations, and summary bibliography” (p. 3)...

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