Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 31 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


Volume two of the commentary on the Diwan of al-Mutanabbi (for volume one see Arabic MS 30)

Title: شرح ديوان المتنبي
Title: Commentary on the Diwan of Mutanabbi
Explicit: هذا آخر ما اشتمل عليه ديوانه الذى رتبه بتفسه وهو خمسة آلاف واربعمائه واربعة وتسعون قافية وتقدر الفراغ من التفسير والشرح فى اليوم السادس عشر من [شهر ربيع] الآخر سنة اثنتين وستين واربعمائة
Colophon: وكان الفراغ من كتابة هذا الشرح المبارك في نهار الخميس خامس جمادى الاخرى سنة الف ومائتين وثلثين
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue No. Arabic MS 450 [31]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 385 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 235 × 187 mm.


Origin: 1230 AH (1814 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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