Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

R.13.44 (Wren Library, Trinity College Cambridge)

Oriental Manuscripts


1 copy of Kitāb al-rawḍāt al-muzahharāt, plus some other astronomical and poetical extracts

1. ff. 1v.-22v.
Title: كتاب الروضات المزهرات في العمل بربع المقنطرات

A work on the use of the Azimuth quadrant, and its application to determining the proper seasons of prayer.

The work is divided into a preface, thirty chapters, and a khātimah .

Incipit: الحمد لله مانح الإنعام على الدوام وكاشف الأسقام والآلام ومقدر الليالي والأيام لا الله إلا هو
Explicit: وإذا قد أتيت علي ما تحتاج إليه المستعمل لهذه الآلة مختصراً فليكن آخر الرسالة وحسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل والحمد لله رب العالمين ||
Language(s): Arabic
2. ff. 24r.-28v.
Author: Anonymous‏
Title: Extract from an astronomical work

Extract on the times of the sun rising, appearing to be actual observations undertaken by an astronomer at Damascus.

The work contains Chapter 23 to the end.

Language(s): Arabic
3. ff. 33r.-37r.
Author: Anonymous
Title: Selections of Turkish ghazals by Naẓmī and Niẓamī.
Language(s): Ottoman Turkish

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 47 ff.


Good Turkish Naskh in first work

Inelegant Taʿlīq in second and third works




Origin: 1483

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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