||Manuscript codex.;Title from preface on leaf 1b.;Physical description: 20-23 lines per page, written in naskh script in brown or black ink on glazed, laid European paper. Chapter headings in large script; overlining, section headings, and punctuation in red. On rectos, name of ruler written in black ink. Catchwords. Edges sprinkled with red ink. A few crossouts and marginal notes. Occasional damp staining and smudging; a few leaves partially detached.;Incipit: فاتحة الكتاب والله المهدي الى الصواب الحمد لله الواحد الابد والازلي قبل كل الدهور الدايم بدوام ملكه بعد ساير العصور;A history of the rulers and patriarchs of Byzantium, translated into Arabic from Greek, beginning with Constantine I (r. 324-337) and ending with Murād IV (r. 1623-1640), translated in 1648 (leaf 3b).;European-style binding, black morocco with raised cords. Gilt-stamped central design consisting of four fleurons around a small octofoil and small stars; gilt-stamped pendants; stamped floral border and corner fleurons.