Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 86 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


A work on the game of chess by Yaḥyá ibn Ibrāhīm al-Ḥakīm

Title: نزهة أرباب العقول في الشطرنج المنقول
Title: Delight of the Intelligent in the Known (Game of) Chess
Incipit: قال الفقيه الكاتب الاديب ابو زكريا يحيى بن ابراهيم الحكيم عفا الله عنه الحمد الله الذى بين الحلال والحرام ... وبعد فهذا كتاب وضع في الشطرنج من كتب شتى. قال الله تعالى الخ
Explicit: تم اخرا يزيد نظرك. كمل الكلام والله الغفور الرحيم
Colophon: وكان الفراغ من نسخه يوم الاربعاء رابع جمادى الآخرة سنة ٩١٢ والحمد الخ
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 766 [86]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 57 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 174 × 135 mm.


1 column, 17 written lines




Origin: 912 AH (1506 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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