Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 38 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


A geography and natural history of the world by Ibn al-Wardi

Title: خريدة العجائب الكبرى
Title: The Unpierced Pearl of the Greatest Marvels
Incipit: الحمد الله غافر الذنب وقابل التوب ... وبعد فان خالق الخلق والبرية ومن له الارادة والمشيئة
Explicit: ويومر بعد الخطب الجسيم والهول العظيم المقعد المقيم اما بدار النعيم وال ... ن واما بدار الجحيم والنيران
Colophon: وكان الفراغ من نسخه ثالث عشر من شهر ربيع الاول من سهور سنة اثنتين وثمانين وثماني مائة ... على يد الفقير حمزة بن قاسم الشهابي
Language(s): Arabic


Arabic MS 316 [38]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 634 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 260 × 175 mm.


Origin: 882 AH (1477 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.


The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.



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