Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 79 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


A work of cosmography by Zakariya al-Qazwini

Title: عجائب المخلوقات وغرائب الموجودات
Title: Wonders of Created Things and Marvels of Exisiting Beings
Incipit: العظمة لك والكبرياء للجلالك ... يقول العبد الفقير الاصغر زكرياء بن محمد بن محمود القزويني ... وسميته عجائب المخلوقات وغرائب الموجودات
Explicit: حيوانات غريبة الصور ... ومنها دجاجة باربعة ارجل وليكن هذا آخر الكلام في عجائب المخلوقات والحمد الله رب العالمين الخ
Colophon: على يد العبد الفقير ... عبد الرحمن بن محمد بن محمد البصري الشافعي ... وذلك بصالحية دمشق المحروسة سفح جبل قاسيون في ثاني وعشرين جماد الاول احد شهور سنة اربع وتسعين وثمانمائة
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 343 [79]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 130 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 260 × 180 mm.


1 column, 27 lines


Origin: 894 AH (1488 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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