Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 138 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: Stories from the Arabian Nights. A volume containing dialogues, grammar, anthology, and proverbs. It is divided into four maqalahs and subdivided into fasls
Title: الف ليلة وليلة؛ فى حروف العربية ووضعهم بالكلام؛ فى ضرب الكلام بالمخاطبة لتعليم اللغة العربية؛ فى بعض حكايات ضحكية لتعليم امتداد القول العربى
Title: A Thousand and One Nights
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 653 [138]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 121 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 160 × 100 mm.


1 column, 15 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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