Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

R.8.12 (Wren Library, Trinity College Cambridge)

Oriental Manuscripts


1 fine copy of the Qurʼān

Spaces are left for the headings of the sūrahs, but have never been filled in. The previous owner of the book has numbered the chapters in pencil, and at various places has written marginal notes and interlinear Latin translations.

Language(s): Arabic


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 814 ff.



Delicate Naskh handwriting, Persian style.


Adorned with a naqshī or coloured border.


Origin: Undated

Provenance and Acquisition

Written at the beginning of the manuscript: Anno CIꓛ IꓛC XXII Angli civitatem ORMI Expugnantes Me flammis eripuerunt, tandemque Dominum nactus Adamum Bowen qui Bibliothecæ huic Sanctæ et Individuæ Trinitatis Me donavit M DC XXVIII.

Record Sources

"Manuscript description based on "E. G. Browne: A supplementary hand-list of the Muhammadan manuscripts, including all those written in the Arabic character, preserved in the Library of the University of Cambridge. Cambridge, 1922", and "E.H. Palmer A Descriptive Catalogue of the Arabic, Persian and Turkish Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge, London 1870".


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Funding of Cataloguing

Trinity College Cambridge


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