Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Add. 616 (University Library, Cambridge University)

Syriac Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: Originally containing the usual 50 poems with the commentary added by the author in 1316., first poem missing

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 109 ff.
Dimensions (leaf):
Dimensions (written):


originally 12 quires, of 10 leaves, (the last has only 9). Quires signed with a letters


21 lines to the page


Written in regular cursive Nestorian 1461, Jacobite cursive 16th C. ff. 11, ff. 12, ff. 19, ff. 20, ff. 31, ff. 40 19th C. ff. 1-10

Additions: At the beginning of the book pencil note "Nathan Lazarus Benmohell", two leaves containing an attempt describing the contents of the volume by Benmohel, N. L. (Nathan Lazarus), approximately 1800-1869 Nathan Lazarus Benmohell


Origin: Iraq Copied at Convent of Mār Sabhr-īshō' called Bēth Kūkā, on the great Zābh 1461 CE

Record Sources

"Manuscript description based on Wright, W. : A catalogue of the Syriac manuscripts preserved in the library of the University of Cambridge. (vol 1), 1901".


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Funding of Cataloguing

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