Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Nn. 3. 741 (University Library, Cambridge University)

Oriental Manuscripts


1 copy of ʻAjāʼib al-makhlūqāt by Qazwīnī, Zakarīyā ibn Muḥammad, ca. 1203-1283

Language(s): Persian, with the initial doxography and some quotations in Arabic


Persian version of the Arabic original. It also contains excepts from al-Qazwīnī's Āthār al-bilād آثار البلاد .

Physical Description

Form: other
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Arabic quotations written with gold, also the headings of sections in a richly ornamented field of blue and gold. The manuscript has numerous illuminated miniatures and coloured diagrams finely executed.


Origin: 974 AH; 1566 CE

Provenance and Acquisition

Donated by Son of G. Lewis (d. 1729) in 1770.

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on E. G. Browne: A hand-list of the Muhammadan manuscripts, including all those written in the Arabic character, preserved in the Library of the University of Cambridge. Cambridge, 1900 E. G. Browne: A catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the Library of the University of Cambridge. Cambridge, 1896 abbreviated by the OCIMCO project team.


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