Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 2 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


The Arabic version of the Fables of Bidpai

Title: كليلة ودمنة
Title: The Fables of Bidpai
Incipit: هذا كتاب كليلة ودمنة وهو خمسة عشر بابا ورسالة في ابتداء الكتاب وهو فى انفاد الملك كسرى انوشروان المتطبب الى بلاد الهند في طلب كتاب كليلة ودمنة والرسالة الثانية في آخر الكتاب لبزرجمهر بن التحتكان
Colophon: وكان الفراغ منه على يد كاتبه سالم بن الحاج منيسي ابن عمر الغرياني يوم الاربعاء ثالث عشرون شعبان سنة اربعين والف من الهجرة
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 486 [2]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 59 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 300 × 215 mm.


Origin: 1040 AH (1631 CE)

Provenance and Acquisition

Formerly part of the collection of the Persian scholar Nathaniel Bland (1803-1865). Bland’s oriental manuscripts were sold through Bernard Quaritch in 1866 to Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford.

Purchased by Enriqueta Rylands in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford, for the John Rylands Library.

Record Sources

Catalogue record based on Alphonse Mingana, Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, Manchester (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1934).


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