Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 5 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


A beautiful copy of the famous Dīwān of al-Mutanabbī

Title: ديوان المتنبي
Incipit: اجتمعت الراوة ان ابو الطيب
Colophon: وكان الفراغ من كتابته وتنميقه ... على يد ... يوسف معتوق الخواجا تاج الدين البعلبكي ... فى يوم الاثنين المبارك حادى عشرين شهر جمدى الاخر من شهور سنة سبع واربعين والف ... برسم حضرة سيدنا ومولانا ... المسمى باسم الصديق والمكنّى من آل الوفا بابي الرضا الخ
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 447 [5]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 129 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 230 × 125 mm.


Origin: 1047 AH (1637 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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