Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 104 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


The history of Egypt by Ibn Iyās (volume 1)

Title: بدايع الزهور في وقايع الدهور
Title: Splendid Flowers in Events of Ages
Incipit: الحمد الله الذي فاوت بين العباد وفضل بعض خلق على خلق حتى في الامكنة والبلاد ... وبعد فهذا جزؤ من كتابنا المولف في التاريخ الموسوم ببدايع الزهور في وقايع الدهور
Explicit: انتهى ما اوردناه من اخبار الملك الصالح امير حاج ابن الاشرف شعبان وذلك على سبيل الاختصار يتلوه الجزؤ الثاني في اخبار دولة الجراكسة ... انتهى ما اوردناه من الجزء الاول من بدايع الزهور في وقايع الدهور والحمد الله وحده وصلى الله الخ
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 272 [104]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 301 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 203 × 150 mm.


1 column, 21 written lines



Origin: circa 1580 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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