Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 204 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


Collection of stories

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper


Origin: circa 1650 AH

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.

Arabic MS 204A


Anonymous collection of verses

Folios 1-50
Incipit: هذا مجموع لطيف يشتمل على موشحات وقصايد مخفّفات ويمانى وانشادات وانشاد يماني ومخمسات ولطايف من نجديات وغير ذلك الخ
Language(s): Arabic

Arabic MS 204B


The story of al-Ward fi l'Akmam and Ins al- Wujud

Folios 51-67
Title: قصة الورد فى الاكمام وما جرى لها مع انس الوجود
Language(s): Arabic

Arabic MS 204C


Story of Ḥasīna bint Mūsá

Folios 68-85
Title: قصة الحسينة بنت موسى التاجر
Language(s): Arabic

Arabic MS 204D


Collection of Juḥā stories

Folios 86-100
Title: حكايات عن جحا هزلية مضحكة من الغرايب والعجايب
Language(s): Arabic

Additional Information

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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