Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 60 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


A copy of Kalīlah wa Dimnah

Title: كليلة ودمنة
Title: The Fables of Bidpai
Incipit: اعلم ان كتاب كليلة ودمنة كام وضعه حكماء الهند لملوكهم في الزمان الاول ولم يزل في خزانتهم ... حتى ملك على الفرس انوشروان
Colophon: في يوم الاربعاء تاسع عشرين رمضان سنة الف ومايتين واربعين
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 488 [60]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 97 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 248 × 170 mm.


Origin: 1240 AH (1824 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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