Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 59 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


A treatise on the game of chess by Ibn Abī Ḥajalah

Title: انموذج القتال في نقل العوال
Title: Example of Battle in the Movement of Chess-Contenders
Incipit: الحمد الله الذى جعل امر المخدوم كالتاج على الراس ... اما بعد فلما كان الشطرنج مما اقام على فضل مصنفه الدليل واصبح اللاعب به فى مصر ما يفكر فى الفيل ... وسميته انموذج القتال فى نقل العوال
Explicit: ونسال الله تعالى غفران ذنوبها كلها يوم تاتى كل نفس تجادل عن نفسها انه جواد كريم. تم الكتاب وربنا المحمود صاحب العطاء والجود الخ
Colophon: نجز الفراغ من هذه النسخة المباركة في اليوم التاسع عشر من شهر رجب الفرد سنة خمسين وثمان مائة على يد العبد الفقير ... محمد بن على بن محمد الازرقى
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 767 [59]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 88 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 174 × 130 mm.


Origin: 850 AH (1446 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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