Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 45 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


Volume one of Wafayāt al-aʻyān by Ibn Khallikān (for volume two see Arabic MS 46)

Title: وفيات الاعيان وإنباء أبناء الزمان
Title: Book of the Deaths of Celebrities and of the History of Contemporaries
Colophon: تم الجزء الاول ... على يد الفقير ... خليل اوب شنب ... في ١٣ جماد اول ١٢٤٨
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 298 [45]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 328 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 233 × 165 mm.


Origin: 1248 AH (1832 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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