Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 219 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


Ḥayāt al-ḥayawān by al-Damīrī

Title: حياة الحيوان
Title: The Animal's Life
Incipit: الحمد لله الذى شرف نوع الانسان بالاصغرين القلب واللسان ... اما بعد فهذا كتاب لم يلسني احد تصنيفه ولا كلفت القريحة تاليفه ... وسميته حياة الحيوان
Explicit: وابتدأ بملك الوحوش الذي منه الشجاعة تقتفى وحسبنا الله وكفى وهذا ما انتهى اليه الغرض وفي هذا كفاية الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله الخ
Colophon: فرغ من كتابته سلخ المحرم الحرام عام ٨٧٣ على صاحبها افضل الصلاة
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 345 [219]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 277 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 265 × 170 mm.


1 column, 25 written lines




Origin: 873 AH (1468 CE)

Provenance and Acquisition

From the collection of Colonel George William Hamilton (1807-1868) who served in India from 1823 to 1867 latterly as Commissioner in Delhi. He acquired over a thousand Indian and Persian manuscripts of which 352 were selected after his death for the British Museum. The remainder were purchased in 1868 by 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.


The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.


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