Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Islamic Arabic 242 (Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham)



Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Tadhkirat ūlī al-albāb wa-al-jāmiʿ li-al-ʿajab al-ʿujāb by Anṭākī, Dāʼūd ibn ʻUmar, d. 1599

The fly leaves at the beginning and at the end are crammed with notes of a medical character by different owners. In the fly leaf at the beginning is a magical formula, consisting mostly of numbers, to be recited by childess people.

Incipit: اللهم لا سهل الا ما جعلته سهلاً سبحانك مبدع مواد الكاينات ... و بعد فضل افراد النوع الانساني ... و سميته تذكرة اولي الالباب
Explicit: و هذا آخر ما وصبد في النسخة التي كتبت منها هذه النسخة ولعلها نسخة المضف لدلايل دلت على ذلك: علقها بيده الفانية افقر عبد ربه المعترف بجرايره الفقير الى رحمة ربه علي الشعراوى لمولانا و سيدنا ... المحفوف بعناية الملك القريب المجيب مولانا وسيدنا الشيخ المصنف داود الطيبب لا زالت اجم سعده زاهرة الغ

Language(s): Arabic


Printed catalogue no. 985
GAL II 364, esp. no. 1; II 491-2

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 288 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 29.4 × 19.7 cm.
Dimensions (written):



Written in Naskhī of probably the 17th century. Copied from the autograph


Red headings

  • Marginalia Some comments


Origin: Undated, probably 17th century CE

Provenance and Acquisition

The title page contains many inscriptions by owners: Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Baqī,with the date 1065; Muḥammad ibn ʿAbdallāh Tāj al-Dīn, with the date 1095; Muḥammad ibn Yaʿqūb Nājī, with his seal dated 1133; ʿAbd al-Ghanī ibn Muḥammad ibn Majd Shāhī, 1251; and Muḥammad Nasīb Ḥamzāwī, 1255. Some other inscriptions and seals are more or less illegible.

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on H. L. Gottschalk et al.: Islamic Arabic Manuscripts. Catalogue of the Mingana Collection of Manuscripts. Vol. IV. Revised edition edited by Derek Hopwood. Birmingham: Selly Oak Colleges, 1985, with additional enhancements.


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