Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 240 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


Wafayāt al-aʿyān (volume 2 of 2)

Title: وفيات الاعيان وإنباء أبناء الزمان
Title: Book of the Deaths of Celebrities and of the History of Contemporaries
Incipit: ذو الوزارتين ابو بكر محمد بن عمار المهرى الاندلسي الشاعر المشهور هو وابو زيدون القرطبي في حرف الهمزة الخ
Explicit: الشيخ يونس بن يوسف بن مساعد الشيباني ... وقبره مشهور بها يزار وكان قد ناهز تسعين سنة من عمره رحمه الله تعالى ورحم جميع المسلمين اجمعين
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 295 [240]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 351 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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