Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 239 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


Wafayāt al-aʿyān (volume 1 of 2)

Title: وفيات الاعيان وإنباء أبناء الزمان
Title: Book of the Deaths of Celebrities and of the History of Contemporaries
Incipit: حمدا لله الذى تفرد بالبقاء وحكم على عباده بالموت والفناء ... وبعد فهذا مختصر في التاريخ دعاني الى جمعه اني كنت مولعا ... وسميته كتاب شهادة الاعيان
Explicit: محمد بن هاني ... ولعمري ما انصفه في هذا المقال وما حمله على هذا الا فرط تعصبه للمنتبي وبالجملة فما كان الا من المحسنين في النظم والله سبحانه وتعالى اعلم
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 294 [239]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 325 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 303 × 205 mm.


1 column, 29 lines




Origin: circa 1650 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.


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