Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 57 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


A miscellany of tales, anecdotes, witty sayings, and poetry

Title: المستطرف من كل فن مستظرف
Title: The Up-to-date from Every Beautiful Art
Incipit: الحمد الله رب العالمين ... اما بعد فقد رايت جماعة من ذوي الهمم
Explicit: اللهم اجعلنا من امته واحشرنا في زمرته ... والحمد الله رب العالمين
Colophon: نجز هذا الكتاب المستطرف من كل فن مستظرف للشيخ الامام ... شهاب الدين بن ابى العباس احمد بن ابي حجلة وكان الفراغ من تعليقه يوم الاحد المبارك رابع عشرين شهر رجب الفرد من شهور سنة خمسة وستين والف ... على يد ... عبي بن ابي بكر التاوى
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 671 [57]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 246 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 280 × 160 mm.


Origin: 1065 AH (1654 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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