Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Marsh 246 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: The fourth volume of an abridged translation of ابن خلکان Ibn Khallikān, 1211-1282's Arabic work وفیات الاعیان Wafayāt al-a‘yān. According to the colophon (folio 120a, lines 14-15), this is an autograph (i.e. penned by Rodosîzade Mehmet bin Mehmet, -1701 himself).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. 120
Dimensions (leaf): 24.8 × 15.2 cm.


Single column of 21 lines per page.


Script: Nasta‘līq, black ink with red ink for headings, personal names, and quotes in Arabic. Scribe: Rodosîzade Mehmet bin Mehmet, -1701 ردوسی زاده محمد بن محمد Rodosīzāde Meḥmed bin Meḥmed .


Origin: Place of origin unknown. According to the colophon, completed in 7 February 1681 CE; 23 Şa‘bān 1092 AH.

Provenance and Acquisition

The Library of Archbishop Narcissus Marsh, d. 1713.

The Marsh bequest entered the Bodleian Library in 1714.

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on: Beeston, A. F. L. (Alfred Felix Landon); Ethé, Hermann, 1844-1917.; Sachau, Eduard, 1845-1930; Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford; at the Clarendon Press 1889-1953


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