The author was born in Damascus on 3 Shawwal AH 700/12 June 1301 AD, and studied in Cairo, Alexandria and the Hijaz. According to Mingana “ the author based his work on the Jami’ of Abu Muhammad ‘Abdallah bin Ahmad bin Baitar al-Maliki al-‘Ashshab (died AH 646/1248-49 AD).
Another copy, written in Egyptian naskh and dated circa 1420, is in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, see A. Mingana, Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, 1934, pp. 352 – 355, no. 344  and C. Brockelmann, GAL, II. 141, S. I. 218, II. 175.