Yusuf Al-Qibti


The seventeenth-century Copt who lived in Rome.

About 1624, Yusuf submitted a petition to Pope Urban VIII (1623-1644) to be employed as a scriptor at the Library and to correct proofs of books printed in Greek and in Arabic (Barberini Greek 280, fol. 29). This shows that Yusuf, who had probably become a Catholic priest in the meantime, had a good knowledge of Greek; it is this fact that led Della Vida to believe he was a Melchite.

In 1624-1625, Yusuf several Arabic manuscripts that are now in the Library. In his catalog of the Arabic manuscripts of the Vatican, calls Yusuf Ioseph Aegyptius.


  • Della Vida, G. Richerche sulla formazione del piu antico fondo dei manoscritti orientali della Biblioteca Vaticana. Studi e Testi, Vol. 92. City, 1939.