Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Keble MS. 88 (Keble College Library, Keble College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts


A copy of an anonymous work on the proper conduct of Kings entitled Ādāb al-mulūk.

Incipit: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم فيقول إن الله تعالى إنما يعطي المملكة من اصطفاه ورآه أهلاً لرعاية عباده
Explicit: فقال أريد أن تخبرني سيرة الملوك المتقدمين ليحصل له بذلك الإعانة على تدبير المملكة والخير يكون إن شاء الله تعالى وصلى الله على النبي محمد وآله وصحبه وسلم

Apparently not the work of the same title by al-Thaʻālibī, nor that of ʻAlī ibn Razīn al-Kātib.

Language(s): Arabic


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. ii + 21 + i
Dimensions (leaf): 250 × 170 mm.


One column of 7 lines per page. 180 × 120 mm.


Script: Large fine Naskh in black ink.


Fol. 1a contains a title heading panel and a dedication roundel in blue and gold. Fol. 21a has an end panel in gold. Many sentences throughout are punctuated with small gold, red, and blue florettes.


Eastern binding severely damaged with only portions of the original leather remaining and the boards crumbling.


Origin: Undated, but between 1501-1516.

Provenance and Acquisition

Fol. 1a contains a dedication to Mawlānā al-Sulṭān al-Malik al-Ashraf Abū al-Naṣr Qānṣawh al-Ghawrī, penultimate Mameluke ruler of Egypt, d. 1516.

Presented to Keble College Library by Rev. Greville J. Chester, May, 1885.

Record Sources

Born digital, with reference to Keble College's Handlist of Manuscripts.


Contact librarian@keble.ox.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript

Funding of Cataloguing

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


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