Papers of Robert Blair Monro Binning (1814-1891)
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Robert Binning assembled a collection of about 140 Oriental manuscripts. Of these manuscripts, one is now among Edinburgh University Library's rarest and most valuable, the exquisitely illustrated MS Or 161, Al-Asar al-Baqiyah 'an al-Qurun al-Khaliyah (The chronology of ancient nations and their history) by Abu al-Raihan al-Biruni (AH 707, AD 1307). Another is a portfolio of 29 Indian miniature paintings of which one in particular, portraying an elephant fight, has become well known. They are listed in A descriptive catalogue of the Arabic and Persian manuscripts in Edinburgh University Library, by Mohammed Hukk and others (1925).
Binning originally presented part of his collection to New College, Edinburgh where they were catalogued by Robert Bertram Serjeant in A handlist of Arabic, Persian and Hindustani MSS of New College, Edinburgh (London: 1942). They were transferred to the Main Library, where they rejoined the other part of the collection, after the Library of New College, which had become the Faculty of Divinity in the University in 1929, became part of Edinburgh University Library in 1962.
He bequeathed to New College Library (Edinburgh University Library) a selection of language notebooks and a four-volume journal of his 1845-1847 travels in Africa and the Middle East.
Robert Blair Monro Binning died in 1891.
6 volumes, 1 folder, 66 leaves.
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