Persian MS 958 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)
Written primarily in 1 column with 15 lines per page. Ruled with a misṭarah hand guide.
Written in clear black nasta‘līq with red subheaders.
Replaced folio 1a written in hasty black shikastah.
A detached bifolium from an unidentified Persian work on Arabic morphology (ṣarf).
Provenance and Acquisition
While the circumstances under which this manuscript arrived in Britain remain unclear, British East India Company writer Robert Thomas Ives (1763–1786), the son of naval surgeon Edward Ives (1719–1786) whom in 1773 published an account of his voyage to India and overland return. Whether Robert also travelled to India and returned with the volume awaits confirmation.
Manchester bookseller J. E. Cornish subsequently acquired the manuscript from an unidentified source.
Purchased by the John Rylands Library in June 1926 from J. E. Cornish.
Funding of Cataloguing
The John Rylands Research Institute and Library
The Soudavar Memorial Foundation