Turkish MS 3 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)
Begins and ends as in Levend's edition.
21 lines, 4 columns
Small nastaʻlīq of high calligraphic standard.
Timurid period illumination (including a decorative header with 'Kufic' style calligraphy on folio 1b, with two Herat style miniatures on folios 16b (a camp scene showing Laylá and Majnūn fainting) and 34a (Majnūn visited by the camel-rider).
Rebound in marbled boards with green leather backing.
Provenance and Acquisition
Bookplate of Sir Gore Ouseley, first baronet, 1770-1844, and a summary description in English in his hand dated Hall Barn Park, 1838.
Formerly in the collection of the Persian scholar Nathaniel Bland (1803–1865), whose oriental manuscripts were sold after his death through Bernard Quaritch (1819–1899) in 1866 to Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford (1812–1880).
Purchased by Enriqueta Rylands (1843–1908) in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford (1847–1913).
Bequeathed by Enriqueta Rylands (1843–1908) in 1908 to the John Rylands Library.
The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.