Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 84 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


A collection of Arabic proverbs, Islamic and pre-Islamic, by Abū ʿUbayd al-Qāsim ibn Sallām

Title: كتاب الامثال
Title: Book of Proverbs
Incipit: قال حدثنا علي بن عبد العزيز قال نسخت هذا الكتاب فوجدت خط ابي عبيد هذا كتاب الامثال وهي حكمة العرب في الجاهلية والاسلام
Explicit: الباب الخامس في تشبيه الرجل بابيه قال الاصمعي وابو عبيدة
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 773 [84]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 178 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 233 × 170 mm.


1 column, 10 written lines




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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