Persian MS 179 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)
While the latter three volumes appear nearly uniformly bound, this specific one appears completely different in both terms of size and format, and the provenance matches volumes Persian MS 173 to Persian MS 178. Hence a later owner, possibly must have combined it with the others. Also note that prior records document the volume's completed in 1026 AH, but it actually appears to be 1036 AH.
Modern foliation marked at top-right corners of the a sides in pencilled Arabic numerals, which includes the earlier handmade paper flyleaves and duplicates the number 5, hence the first folio commences on 5bis. Nevertheless, this foliation is followed for this record.
Provenance and Acquisition
Likely either restored for, or obtained by Jonathan Duncan, who governed the Bombay Presidency for sixteen years.
After Duncan's death, his family sold his library through the London firm of Samuel Leigh Sotheby (1805–1861) where Sir Graves Champney Haughton (1788–1849), an early student at Fort William College who excelled in the study of several oriental languages, purchased this set as per his inscription on folio 1b dated Feb. 1818.
Later owned by Persian scholar Nathaniel Bland (1803–1865), after whose death London antiquarian dealer Bernard Quaritch (1819–1899) sold his oriental manuscripts to Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford (1812–1880) in 1866.
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.
Bibliographical description based on an index created by Reza Navabpour circa 1993, derived from a manuscript catalogue by Michael Kerney, circa 1890s and his Bibliotheca Lindesiana, Hand-list of Oriental Manuscripts: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, 1898.
Manuscript description by Jake Benson in 2021 with reference to the volume.
Funding of Cataloguing
Iran Heritage Foundation and The John Rylands Research Institute