MS. Canonici Or. 131
Ethical legends and fables, A.D. 1697.
Published at Constantinople in an Armenian volume entitled 'History of the town of copper', 1720, pp. 70-106.
Published at Leghorn, 1696, and at Constantinople, 1720 and 1740. On the history of this collection of stories, see 'The Book of Sindibad', by W.A.Clouston, 1884 - in which, however, no Armenian version seems to be mentioned.
This collection contains 91 fables. The real Book of the Fox, in which the fox and other animals are actors, begins with the 33rd fable, commencing Ագռաւ մի պանիր ունէր ի բերանն ..., f. 172(b). Saint-Martin and Zohrab have published 45 of these fables under the title 'Choix de fables de Vartan, en Armenien et en Francais'. Paris, 1825, and in 1838. The text has been published at Amsterdam, 1668, Marselles, 1678, and Etchmiadzin, 1698.
Written in Nōtrgir script
Provenance and Acquisition
This MS. was bought in 1817 in the Canonici collection.
Digital Bodleian (single sample image)
Funding of Cataloguing