Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Z. 12 (Old Library, Jesus College, Cambridge)

Oriental Manuscripts


2 works by 2 authors on the subject of Arabic language

1. ff. 1v-16r
Incipit: (basmallah) f. 1v بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم وبه نستعين الحمد لله على الانعام وشكر له على الالهام والصلاة والسلام على خير الانام وعلى اهله وصحبه الاعلام
Language(s): Arabic


Physical Description

Form: other
Support: European paper
Extent: 176 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 22,5 × 17,5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15 × 11 cm.
Foliation: Foliation supplied by the cataloguer


Due to the tight binding it is not possible to describe the collation of the quires

Catchwords in each verso


Good condition


23 lines per page


Cursive naskh, black ink

Yūsuf al-Asīr يوسف الاسير


Rubrications in red ink

  • marginalia

    Both works contain a number of marginal notes

  • inscription

    A note by Samuel Lyde in f. 1r states: Two Arabic M.s.s Valuable ( especially the second) as written (the first) and corrected (the second) by Yousef al-Aseer a Mohammedan Sheikh of Sidon, one of the most learned Arabic Scholars in the present time. The first M.s. is the 'Cafiyeh' on Arabic poetry. The second is al-Safiyeh on Arabic grammar.


Modern binding in cardboard


Origin: 1270 AH; 1853 CE

Provenance and Acquisition

The manuscript belonged to Samuel Lyde; the ownership statement of the title page is dated in 1858

Bequeathed by Samuel Lyde to Jesus College


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Funding of Cataloguing

Jesus College


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