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Morris Collection

The Morris Collection is unusual in that it is the only one of the Society’s manuscript collections that was purchased, not donated or bequeathed. It was bought in 1896 following the death of Richard Morris (1833-1894), a self-taught philologist who was a schoolteacher and Anglican clergyman. Morris is chiefly known for his work on the early English language as well as Pali, the sacred language of Theravāda Buddhism. The Morris Collection comprises 38 items, mostly in Pali, with a fe...



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Rajavalliya in Sinhalese
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1. Sagāthavagga cf. ed. PTS. part I, pp. 1-240 2. Nidānavagga cf. ed. PTS, part II, pp. 1-286 3. Khandhakavagga cf. ed. PTS part III, pp. 1-279 278 olas (ka-chu; ka-jē; ka-chō); 485 x 60 mm; 2 cord holes, 10 lines, 75 char., Burm. medium and minute script, 380 mm; numb. Burm. letters; gilded edges; 2 red lacquered wooden covers. Not used for PTS ed. There is another ms. in Sinhalese script, from Morris collection that was used by L. Freer and never returned (kept in Bibliotheque nationale,...
Source: folio
1. Sagāthavaggavaṇṇanā 2. Saḷāyatanavaggavaṇṇanā 558 olas (ka-ḷō; ka-ṅāḥ); 485 x 60 mm; 2 cord holes, 10 lines, 75 char., Burm. medium and minute script, 380 mm; numb. Burm. letters; gilded edges; 2 red lacquered wooden covers. Not used for PTS ed. Date: BS. 1224 and 1242? = 1862 and 1880 AD? See Jacqueline Filliozat, 'Survey of the Pāli Manuscript Collection in the Royal Asiatic Society', Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1999, Vol. 9, Pt. 1, pp. 35-76.
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Fragment. 329 olas (ka-phe); 670 x 65 mm; 2 cord holes, 11 lines, 145 char., Sinh. medium script, 590 mm; numb. Sinh. letters; 2 wooden covers, painted in red on the rectos only, with decoration of black and green lotuses and leaves, borders with palapeti; brass pot sakiya made of a British jacket button inscribed: Smit Birmingham Kemp & Wright, Crown with a standing lion + 50 (in figures). This ms. has been used fo the PTS ed. by Morris (parts I & II), see part I, Preliminary remarks...
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414 olas (ka-yō); 560 x 55 mm; 2 cord holes, 9 lines, 125 char., Sinh. medium script, 490 mm; numb. Sinh. letters; 2 wooden covers. Not used for PTS ed. No date. See Jacqueline Filliozat, 'Survey of the Pāli Manuscript Collection in the Royal Asiatic Society', Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1999, Vol. 9, Pt. 1, pp. 35-76.
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123 olas (ka-je); 500 x 65 mm; 2 cord holes, 13 lines, 120 char., Sinh. medium script, 435 mm; numb. Sinh. letters; 2 wooden covers. Scholar's notes in pencil and black ink, adds European numbers to chapters. Used by the Rev. R. Morris for his ed., 'The Buddhavamsa and the Cariya-Pitaka', London, PTS 1882 p. V '5-7 A copy of the Madhurattha-vilasini, a commentary of the Buddhavamsa, presented to me by Subhuti, the learned author of the Namamala...' No date. See Jacqueline Filliozat, 'Survey of...
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Ummagajatakaya in Sinhalese
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159 olas (ka-ñṛ); 462 x 58 mm; 2 cord holes, 9 lines, 88 char., Sinh. medium script, 382 mm; numb. Sinh. letters and European figures in pencil; 2 wooden covers. Not used for PTS ed. 1939 by Barua = Paramatthadipani VII. Date: BS. 1202? = 1840 AD? See Jacqueline Filliozat, 'Survey of the Pāli Manuscript Collection in the Royal Asiatic Society', Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1999, Vol. 9, Pt. 1, pp. 35-76.
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Pālī-Sinhalese sanne. 41 olas (ka-kha); 365 x 50 mm; 2 cord holes, 1 minute silver (?) potsakiya in shape of cupola with fretwork; 6 lines, 64 char., Sinh. medium script, 320 mm; numb. Sinh. letters; 2 wooden covers. Not used for PTS ed. of the Samyuttanikaya vol. V, 420. No date. See Jacqueline Filliozat, 'Survey of the Pāli Manuscript Collection in the Royal Asiatic Society', Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1999, Vol. 9, Pt. 1, pp. 35-76.
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Saddharmadasaya, the Sinhalese translation by Hinatikumbure Sumangala of the Milindapanha
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169 olas (ka-ṭū); 665 x 65 mm; 2 cord holes, 8 lines, 116 char., Sinh. small script, 565 mm; numb. Sinh. letters and European figures in pencil; many scholar notes in ink or pencil in the margins, text underlines, addition of European figures to the chapters on olas 'ka' to 'ge'; 2 wooden covers; brass pot sakiya. A transcript of this ms. by R. Morris has been used partly for the PTS ed. by M. E. Lilley, 1925, v. Editorial note p. V '3. The M. fragment is part of a transcript made by the...
Source: folio
532 olas (ka-ḷī); 530 x 60 mm; 2 cord holes, 11 lines, 110 char., Sinh. medium script, 480 mm; numb. Sinh. letters; 2 wooden covers. This ms. has been used for the PTS ed. by Morris & Hardy see RAS Morris 6. Date (in ink last fol) 1756 AD. See Jacqueline Filliozat, 'Survey of the Pāli Manuscript Collection in the Royal Asiatic Society', Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1999, Vol. 9, Pt. 1, pp. 35-76.
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156 olas (ka-mai); 610 x 62 mm; 2 cord holes, 9 lines, 123 char., Sinh. medium script, 530 mm; numb. Sinh. letters. This ms. has been used for PTS ed. by Taylor in 1894, preface p. VII = S2. No date. See Jacqueline Filliozat, 'Survey of the Pāli Manuscript Collection in the Royal Asiatic Society', Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1999, Vol. 9, Pt. 1, pp. 35-76.
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Commentary on the Mahabodhivamsa.
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Pālī-Sinhalese sanne. 47 olas (ka-gam); 422 x 43 mm; 2 cord holes, 2 potsakiya, one in shape of cupola, the other one is a coin inscribed 1750, standing lion and VOC [Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (Dutch East India Company)]; 4 lines, 50 char., Sinh. medium script, 380 mm; numb. Sinh. letters; 2 thick wooden covers, borders painted in black. Not used for PTS ed. of the Samyuttanikaya vol. V, 420. No date. See Jacqueline Filliozat, 'Survey of the Pāli Manuscript Collection in the Royal...
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21 olas (jē-jha); 485 x 58 mm; 2 cord holes, 9 lines, 72 char., Burm. medium round script, 400 mm; 2 red lacquered wooden covers, gilded on recto only. Scholar's notes in black ink, adds European numbers to chapters. Not used in R. Morris ed., 'The Buddhavamsa and the Cariya-Pitaka', part I, London, PTS, 1882, pp. XVI-XVII. Date: BS. 1202? = 1840 AD? See Jacqueline Filliozat, 'Survey of the Pāli Manuscript Collection in the Royal Asiatic Society', Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1999,...
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276 olas (ka-da); 455 x 55 mm; 2 cord holes, 8 lines, 112 char., Sinh. medium script, 450 mm; numb. Sinh. letters; 2 wooden covers, gilded sakiya with anchor. Scholar's notes in black ink, adds European numbers to chapters. Not used for PTS ed. No date. See Jacqueline Filliozat, 'Survey of the Pāli Manuscript Collection in the Royal Asiatic Society', Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1999, Vol. 9, Pt. 1, pp. 35-76.
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129 olas (kā-nē, many missing); 510 x 62 mm; 2 cord holes, 10 lines, 65 char., Burm. medium round script, 425 mm; red lacquered in th emiddle and gilded edges; numb. Burm. letters + some European num. in pencil; last olas, in ink, list of foll. still existing and their numb. letters; 2 wooden covers black and red lacquered on recto only. This ms. has been used for the PTS ed. by Hardy, parts III-V, quoted under M8 Morris MS. (in Burmese writing). No date. See Jacqueline Filliozat, 'Survey of...
Source: folio
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Pāli-Burmese nissaya. 383 olas (ka-su); 495 x 65 mm; 2 cord holes, 10 lines, 74 char., Burm. medium round script, 402 mm; red lacquered edges; numb. Burm. letters; 2 wooden covers. Date: BS. 1188 = 1826 AD. - Waso. See Jacqueline Filliozat, 'Survey of the Pāli Manuscript Collection in the Royal Asiatic Society', Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1999, Vol. 9, Pt. 1, pp. 35-76.
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Pāli-Burmese nissaya. 170 olas mixed (na-do); 490 x 50 mm; 2 cord holes, 7 lines, 82 char., Burm. medium round script, 415 mm; dark red lacquered edges; numb. Burm. letters; 2 wooden covers. Date: BS. 1190 = 1828 AD. See Jacqueline Filliozat, 'Survey of the Pāli Manuscript Collection in the Royal Asiatic Society', Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1999, Vol. 9, Pt. 1, pp. 35-76.
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294 olas (ka-dāḥ); 500 x 55 mm; 2 cord holes, 8 lines, 80 char., Burm. medium and minute script, 430 mm; numb. Burm. letters; red lacquered and gilded edges; 2 red lacquered and gilded wooden covers. Not used for PTS ed. Date: BS. 1202 = 1840 AD. See Jacqueline Filliozat, 'Survey of the Pāli Manuscript Collection in the Royal Asiatic Society', Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1999, Vol. 9, Pt. 1, pp. 35-76.
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Fragments Pāli-Burmese nissaya. 60 + 93 olas (ta-nah) + (ra-ah); 508 x 60 mm; 2 cord holes, 9 lines, 65 char., Burm. medium round script, 420 mm; black lacquered and gilded edges; numb. Burm. letters. A single wooden cover, black and brown lacquered. Date: BS. 1124 = 1762 A.D. - Kasōn. See Jacqueline Filliozat, 'Survey of the Pāli Manuscript Collection in the Royal Asiatic Society', Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1999, Vol. 9, Pt. 1, pp. 35-76.
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81 olas (ka-ni); 475 x 55 mm; 2 cord holes, 8 lines, 68 char., Burm. medium round script, 400 mm; red lacquered and gilded edges; numb. Burm, letters. This is the first part of a ms. the following part of which is under Morris 17, Puggalapaññatti. Not used for PTS ed. Date: BS. 1202? = 1840 AD See Jacqueline Filliozat, 'Survey of the Pāli Manuscript Collection in the Royal Asiatic Society', Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1999, Vol. 9, Pt. 1, pp. 35-76.
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1. Saḷāyatanavagga cf. ed. PTS part IV, pp. 172-403 2. Mahāvagga cf. ed. PTS, part V, pp. 1-477 294 olas (ka-dē); 485 x 60 mm; 2 cord holes, 10 lines, 75 char., Burm. medium and minute script, 380 mm; numb. Burm. letters; gilded edges; 2 red lacquered wooden covers. Not used for PTS ed. Date: BS. 1242 = 1880 AD See Jacqueline Filliozat, 'Survey of the Pāli Manuscript Collection in the Royal Asiatic Society', Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1999, Vol. 9, Pt. 1, pp. 35-76.
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65 olas (ṅī-jha); 475 x 55 mm; 2 cord holes, 8 lines, 68 char., Burm. medium round script, 400 mm; red lacquered and gilded edges, numb. Burm. letters and European figures in ink. Additions in ink of European numbers to chapters, some colophons of chapters are underlined. Not used for PTS ed. 1883 part I. Date: BS. 1202? = 1840 AD See Jacqueline Filliozat, 'Survey of the Pāli Manuscript Collection in the Royal Asiatic Society', Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1999, Vol. 9, Pt. 1, pp....
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Beg. ola 1b (cam) | hetupaccayo ārammaṇaṃ paccayo adhipatipaccayo anantarapaccayo ... Ends: paccanipātaniṭṭhitam ... paccaniyalomaniṭṭhitaṃ | ... 448 olas (ka-nyu); 490 x 60 mm; 2 cord holes, 9 lines, 72 char., Burm. medium round script, 395 mm; red lacquered in the middle and gilded edges; numb. Burm. letters; 2 wooden covers. Not used for PTS ed. Date: BS. 1152? = 1790 AD? See Jacqueline Filliozat, 'Survey of the Pāli Manuscript Collection in the Royal Asiatic Society',...
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Pāli-Burmese nissaya. 281 olas (ka-bha); 515 x 53 mm; 2 cord holes, 8 lines, 65 char., Burm. medium round script, 425 mm; red lacquered in the middle and gilded edges; numb. Burm. letters; 2 wooden covers. Not used for ed. JPTS 1883 by E. Muller. Date: BS. 1153 = 1791 AD. See Jacqueline Filliozat, 'Survey of the Pāli Manuscript Collection in the Royal Asiatic Society', Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1999, Vol. 9, Pt. 1, pp. 35-76.
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