Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 112 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


Collection including Letters of Badīʻ al-Zamān al-Hamadhānī

Folios 1-120

A book containing selections on ornate compositions from the Letters of Badīʻ al-Zamān al-Hamadhānī

Title: الغيث المريع من انشاء البديع
Title: Ornate compositions from the Letters of Badīʻ al-Zamān al-Hamadhānī
Incipit: اما بعد حمد الله جل جلاله والشهادة الله عز ثناؤه وعم افضاله ... فهذه غرر انتخبتها وظرائف استخرجتها من رسايل احمد بن الحسين بديع الزمان ومعجزو همدان
Language(s): Arabic
Folios 121-122

A bait from the poet Ḥassān ibn Thābit (121a). A memorandum of a receipt for a settled account, in Turkish (122b)

Incipit: ان التي ناولتني
Language(s): Arabic; Turkish
Folios 123-187

A work on synonyms and how to use some words in different sentences

Incipit: باب يقال اصلح الفاسد وعصد المعاند ولمّ الشعث ورّم ما شذ وانتكث باب تقول في انتصابه عوج وفي دينه عوج وفي رجله عرج
Explicit: باب يقال الخيل تعتلف والغنم تشوم الكلا باب يقال صببت الماء وارقته وهرقته وسكبته وسفحته وهمرته ومججته
Language(s): Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 187 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 201 × 112 mm.


1 column, 21 written lines



Origin: 1151 AH (1738 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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Catalogue no. Arabic MS 678 [112]


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