Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 46 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


Volume two of Wafayāt al-aʻyān by Ibn Khallikān (for volume one see Arabic MS 45)

Title: وفيات الاعيان وإنباء أبناء الزمان
Title: Book of the Deaths of Celebrities and of the History of Contemporaries
Colophon: وكان الفراغ ... في يوم الاربعاء المبارك سنة ثمان واربعين ومايتين والف
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 299 [46]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 515 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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