Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

R.13.30 (Wren Library, Trinity College Cambridge)

Oriental Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: A collection of Arabic qaṣīdahs followed by Niẓām al-gharīb.
1. ff. 1v.-12r.
Author: Anonymous
Title: An assortment of poems by various authors

One qaṣīdah is attributed to Khālid ibn Ṣafwān al-Qannāṣ.

Language(s): Arabic
2. ff. 13r.-83v.
Title: نظام الغريب

A technical and etymological dictionary of unusual words and phrases employed in Arabic poetry.

Incipit: الحمد لله مخرج الأشياء من العدم إلى الوجود وجاعلها في الاختلاف والتغاير جاريت إلى غير حد محدود مفضل الانسان على سائر المخلوقات من الحيوان والجمادات إلخ...
Explicit: الترشيح التربية والتنمية كما ترشح الوحش وغيرها أولادها تقدوها وتنميها الطلل معروف والطلل أيضا شخ الانسان وجسمه المرمار اللين الناعم صادي قال ثابط شرا واخرى اصادي النفس عنها لمورد حزم
Language(s): Arabic
ff. 83v.-114r.
Author: Anonymous
Title: An assortment of poems by various authors

Begins with a collection of qaṣīdahs by Ibn al-Muqarrab, ʻAlī,‏ ‎d. 1176 or 1177-1231 or 1232̣ and also includes poetry by Ibn Muslim, al-Aṣmaʻī and Falāḥ Ḥusayn.

Language(s): Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 114 ff.


Arabic handwriting, c. 15th century AD.


Origin: Unknown

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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Bound together with Trinity R.13.31.


Funding of Cataloguing

Trinity College Cambridge


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