Forty-five items, on parchment and paper, dating mainly from the 17th and 18th centuries. Ethiopian MSS 1-31 were purchased in 1901 with the Crawford collection, the remainder being acquired subsequently from various sources.
The collection comprises mainly biblical and liturgical manuscripts, and stories of saints and martyrs.
- a rare collection of biblical passages supposedly referring to the Messiah and intended to prove the divinity of Christ (Ethiopian MS 1)
- Rules for the monastic life (Ethiopian MS 16)
- the Fetha Nägäst (Ethiopian MS 13)
- a deed of gift of the Emperor Adbar Sagad, Dawit III (1716-21), to the church of St Michael (Ethiopian MS 28)
Among the poems are some rare mälke': the Four Beasts (Ethiopian MS 14) and, especially, concerning Zena Marqos, a 14th-century saint-monk (Ethiopian MS 37).
Ethiopian MSS 29-34 are magical scrolls, mainly 19th-century.
Ethiopian MS 11, an 18th-century Homilies in honour of St Michael, contains 32 miniatures in the Gondar style of illumination.
Ten codices can be dated precisely (1590-1742).
- Stefan Strelcyn, Catalogue of Ethiopic Manuscripts in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester (Manchester, 1974).
- Ethiopian mss 43–45 are described in Stephen Delamarter and Demeke Berhane, A Catalogue of Previously Uncatalogued Ethiopic Manuscripts in England: twenty-three manuscripts in the Bodleian, Cambridge University and John Rylands University libraries and in a private collection, Journal of Semitic Studies, Supplement 21 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007).