Parts II and III of the original manuscript were copied in the year 838 by an unnamed scribe, the only colophon occurring on f.160 of vol.I. This manuscript appears to have been commissioned for the library of the Mamluk Sultan, judging from the fine illuminated commissioning inscriptions that appear on f. 82r. of vol. I and on f.1r of vol.II. In 838 the Mamluk Sultan was al-Malik al-Ashraf Barsbay, though he is not mentioned by name. The manuscript is written throughout in a clear naskh script with the titles finely inscribed in red, green and gold in the margins.
Part I was added to this manuscript on 3 Rabi' I 858. Though similar in style to the original manuscript, this is written in a hand more typical of a fine Ottoman manuscript and has an added panel of illumination at the start. This work was presumably done when the manuscript entered the library of the Ottoman Sultan, Bayezit II, whose seal impression is to be found on the opening and closing folios of both volumes. The Ottoman scribe, Shams al-Din al-Qudsi (from Jerusalem), wrote and illuminated this part of the manuscript.
Bayezit had a great interest in manuscripts and he was personallly involved in cataloguing the manuscripts he had inherited from his father as well as those he acquired himself. His personal seal was imprinted on the first and last pages of his manuscripts, as here.
Volume I has various ownership inscriptions on the opening flyleaf. One is dated 1254.
Three copies of this work are in the John Rylands Library.