Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or. 2122 (University Library, Cambridge University)

Oriental Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: This Fetha Nagast (fətḥa nägäśt, "Law of the Kings") was copied for mamher (teacher) Germā Giyorgis and his father Ṣegē Mikā’ēl (ff. 144v, 147r) and was among the trove that fell into the hands of the British at Magdala in 1868 CE. The phrase ‘pillar of faith Tēwodros’ appears on 147r along with the names Habta Giyorgis and Eḫeta Giyorgis.
Incipit: በስመ ፡ አብ… ንወጥን ፡ በረድኤተ ፡ እግዚአብሔር ፡ ወስነ ፡ ሠርሖቱ ፡ በጽሒፈ ፡ መቅድመ ፡ ጉባኤ ፡ ዘአስተጋብእዎ ፡ ሊቃውንት… እምድኅረ ፡ ሐልቀ ፡ ዓመተ ፡ ሰማዕተ ፡ ሰማዕታት ፡ ሶበ ፡ ረሰይዎ ፡ ንጉሠ ፡ ፫፻፲ወ፰ ፡ ለቈስጠንጢኖስ ።
Language(s): Geez

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 147 ff., 4 flyleaves
Dimensions (leaf): 34.5 × 26.7 cm.


14 (f. iv) + 2–98 (f. 64) + 109 (f. 73) + 11–148 (f. 105) + 1510 (f. 115) + 16–198 (f. 147)


3 columns, 28-37 lines per page.


written in black ink



Leather over wooden boards with full blind decoration on both late eighteenth/early nineteenth century CE


Origin: 19th cent. CE; Ethiopia. Copied for mamher Germā Giyorgis and his father Ṣegē Mikā’ēl f. 144v.

Provenance and Acquisition


Sotheby’s auction (lot #149), 12 December 1966.

Record Sources

Codicological description provided by Ted Erho


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    Il Fetha Nagast : o Legislazione dei re ; codice ecclesiastico e civile di Abissinia / pubblicato da Ignazio Guidi a spese del R. Istit. orient. in Napoli. EdwardUllendorff Napoli R. Istituto Orientale 1936

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