Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 96 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


On the quatrains on the twelve months of the Christian year

Title: التحفة العامية في مشاجرة الاثنى عشر الرومية
Title: The Common Gift in the quarrel of the twelve months of the Greek (= Solar) Year
Incipit: الحمد الله الذى خلق الانسان وزينه بالعقل والنطق واللسان وتفضل عليه بغزير الاحسان ... وبعد فيقول العبد الفقير المشهور بالعجز والتقصير انني لما اطلعت على المشاجرات الادبية في النباتات
Explicit: وقال مختتما بهذا الشعر المنوع الخشوعي المفيد لقاريه وسامعه نظمه في مدينة مصر القاهرة سنة ١٧٥٧ مسيحية
Colophon: وكان الفراغ من نساخته في سهر تموز المبارك في سنة ١٧٦٩ مسيحيه الموافق للهجره فى ١٣ شهر ربيع اول سنة ١١٨٣ وذلك بيد افقر عباد الله واحقرهم قسطنطين صدفه فى ثغر دمياط المحروس
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 5 [96]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 51 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 210 × 155 mm.


1 column, 10 written lines




Origin: 1183 AH (1757 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.


To book an in-person or online appointment to consult the manuscript, visit Using the Special Collections Reading Rooms. For any other enquiries please email uml.special-collections@manchester.ac.uk.


Comment on this record

Please fill out your details.

How are we using your feedback? See our privacy policy.

See the Availability section of this record for information on viewing the item in a reading room.