Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 56 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


A copy of Sīrat al-Iskandar, containing only the beginning part

Title: سيرة الاسكندر بن داراب الرومي
Title: Romance of Alexander the Great
Incipit: هذا سيار ملوك الى وقت اسكندر ابن الداراء الدارائى الاكبر ابن بنت فيلسوف (sic) الرومي
Explicit: وفتحها واذا فيها مكتوب. تم الجزء الاول الخ
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 497 [56]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 230 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 213 × 158 mm.


Origin: circa 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.


The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.


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