Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Marsh 80 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts Marsh Collection


1 copy of Kitāb al-Ghiná wa-al-muná by Qumrī, Abū Manṣūr al-Ḥasan ibn Nūḥ, 11th cent.

It is an incomplete copy. The text breaks off at the bottom of folio 60b in the fifty-first bāb of the first maqālah. A complete table of contents for the full treatise is given on folios 2a−3a. Maqālah 1 starts on folio 3a.

Incipit: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم، الحمد لله رب العالمين والعاقبة للمتقين...قال ابو منصور الحسن بن نوح القمري رحمه الله اني لم ازل في صباي ومنذ عقلت احب العلوم الطبيعية وينازعني نفسي اليها وخصوصا علم الطب
Explicit: فانه كثيرا ما ينقطع بذلك والانكباب على بخار الشراب التي القيت فيه حجارة محماة فان لم ينقطع {{فيجب ان يجذب المادة التي ينصب الى {{الحنك||

At the bottom of the page, a different more cursive hand has written: والله الهادي الى الطريق تمت الكتاب

The volume consists of 60 leaves. Folio 1a is blank except for a defaced owner’s note and an annotation of the author’s name, Qumrī (قمرى ).

Language(s): Arabic


NCAM-1, Entry No. 51
Golius Sale Cat., med. qu. 12
UAM 147 entry DCXLII (642)
NPAE, 590
GAL I 239

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 60 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 18.2 × 13.0 cm.
Dimensions (written): 13.2 × 7.8 cm.


The paper is worm-eaten and slightly foxed. Folio 60 is slightly water-damaged and has an unrepaired hole near the centre.


19 lines per page.


Written in a medium-small compact Naskh script tending towards Nastaʿlīq, in dense-black ink with headings in red ink; some headings are now slightly tarnished, and may have been either blue or silver at one time. There are catchwords.

  • Marginalia There are occasional marginalia in several hands, sometimes extensive (e.g., folios 9b 16a, 33b, 54a), as well as some interlinear annotations (e.g., 1b).
  • Paper The glossy, beige, paper has a thickness of 0.12−0.14 mm and an opaqueness factor of 4 to 5. It has indistinct horizontal laid lines and traces of chain lines, possibly in groups of 3s.


The volume is bound in pasteboard covers and an envelope flap. The exterior covers and flap are simple tan paper, undecorated. The spine is a dark-brown leather, and the fore-edge flap a more recent light-tan soft leather. The plain pastedowns and envelope flap lining are modern. There are no endpapers.


Origin: 16th Century CE

Provenance and Acquisition

The volume is from the private collection of Jacob Golius (d. 1667) who acquired manuscripts in the 1620s (mostly in Syria). The manuscript was purchased in 1696 by Narcissus Marsh, Archbishop of Armagh

Bequeathed to the Bodleian Library by Narcissus Marsh, Archbishop of Armagh, upon his death in 1713.

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Emilie Savage-Smith; A New Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts in The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. Volume I: Medicine, Oxford: OUP, 2011


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