Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 957 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


This unidentified Persian miscellany features handpainted embellishments and decorated papers.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex


Written in 2 columns with 20 lines per page. Ruled with a misṭarah hand guide.


Written in clear black nasta‘līq with red subheaders.


Origin: Place of origin unknown; undated, but possibly 17th to 18th centuries CE.

Provenance and Acquisition

Purchased by the John Rylands Library in June 1922 from Manchester bookseller J. E. Cornish.

Record Sources

Manuscript description by Jake Benson in 2023, with reference to the volume, an unpublished handlist, accession registers, and a Persian description of the volume published by Tawfiq Subhani in 1993.


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    Tawfīq Subḥānī, 'Kitāb'hā-yi khaṭṭī-i Fārsī fihrist nashudah dar Kitābkhānah Jān Rāylāndz, Manchistir' Majallah-'i Dānishkadah-i Adabiyāt va ‘Ulūm-i Insānī n.s., Vol. 1, Nos. 2-3 (1372 SH [1993 CE]): pp. 173–174, no. 16.

Funding of Cataloguing

The John Rylands Research Institute and Library

The Soudavar Memorial Foundation


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