Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 70 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


An anthology of tales and poems by Ibn ʻArabshāh

Title: فاكهة الخلفاء ومفاكهة الظرفاء
Title: Fruit of the Caliphs and Entertainment of the Witty
Colophon: تمت النسخة الميمونة على يد ... احمد العجلونى
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 673 [70]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 312 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 200 × 150 mm.


1 column, 21 lines


Origin: circa 1680 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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