Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 27 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


A copy of the historical encyclopedia Murūj al-dhahab by al-Masʻūdī

Title: مروج الذهب ومعادن الجوهر
Title: Meadows of Gold and Mines of Gem
Incipit: الحمد الله اهل الحمد ومستوجب الثناء والمجد ... قال المسعودي اما بعد فانا لما وضعنا كتابنا في اخبار الزمان وقدمنا القول في هيئة الارض ... وقد وسمت كتابي هذا بكتاب مروج الذهب ومعادن الجوهر
Explicit: وسنورد عند ذكرنا تصرف الناس عن بابل جملا من اخبار مكة وعبد المطلب والحبشة وغير ذلك مما لحق بهذا المعنى
Colophon: نجز بحمد الله تعالى ... يوم الجمعة خامس وعشرين الحجة الحرام ثلاثة وثلاثين وماية والف
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue No. Arabic MS 235 [27]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 189 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 290 × 215 mm.


Origin: 1133 AH (1720 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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