Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 26 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


A general history of the world from the Creation, by al-Qaramānī

Title: اخبار الدول و آثار الاول
Title: Annals of Dynasties and Achievements of Early Times
Incipit: الحمد الله على تصاريف العبر ... وبعد فلما كان في التواريخ والسير عبرة ... رايت ان اجمع من نقلة الاخبار وحملة الآثار ... وسميته اخبار الدول وآثار الاول ... وقد جعلته مشتملا على مقدمة وخمسة وخمسين بابا اما المقدمة فهى مشتملة على سبعة فصول
Explicit: فما لي شي غير انى اختصرته ونقل كلام الناس من غير تعسف
Colophon: كمله مولفه ... فى صبيحة نهار السبت مستهل المحرم الحرام سنة ثمان بعد الالف من الهجرة الخ وكمل الفراغ من هذه التكملة يوم المبارك ثانى عشر شعبان سنة ١٢٤٥
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue No. Arabic MS 251 [26]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 440 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × 150 mm.


Origin: 1245 AH (1829 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 information compiled by Abdullah al-Rashidi from Alphonse Mingana, Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, Manchester University Press, 1934.


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