Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 976 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts

Contents

Summary of Contents: An undated anonymous Persian translation of the Four Books of the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Translator: Anonymous
Explicit: برگ ۲۱۶پ (folio 216b): حضرت عیسی پسر خداست و اینجا اندک سخن آورده شد برای نمودار که آسان شود خوانندگان را برای یافتن و پیدا کردن این راست.
Colophon: No colophon
Language(s): Persian
2a
Incipit: (beginning) برگ ۲ر (folio 2a): کتاب نسبت عیسی مسیح ابن داودبن ابراهیم از ابراهیم بوجود آمد...
58a
Incipit: (beginning) برگ ۵۸ر (folio 58a): انجیل مقدس عیسی مسیح چنانچه نوشته است مرقوس یکی ازهفتاد و دو تلمیذ او فصل اول عیسی عماد او آزموده کرده شد تلمیذان را میطلبد و شیطان را از وجود دور میکند و بیماران را شفا میدهد عیسی مسیح ابن الله...
95a
Incipit: (beginning) برگ ۹۵ر (folio 65a): انجیل مقدس عیسی مسیح چنانچه نوشته شده است لوقا یکی از هفتاد و دو تلمیذ او.
160a
Incipit: (beginning) برگ ۱۶۰ر (folio 160a): انجیل مقدس عیسی مسیح چنانچه نوشته است یوحنا یکی از دوازده رسول او.
206a
Title: Abstracts of the Four Gospels
209a
Title: Commentary on the Four Gospels
Explicit: برگ ۲۱۶پ (folio 216b): حضرت عیسی پسر خداست و اینجا اندک سخن آورده شد برای نمودار که آسان شود خوانندگان را برای یافتن و پیدا کردن این راست.
Colophon: No colophon

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Textblock of straight-grained, ivoury-coloured paper, minimally externally sized and poolished, possibly handmade in the Indian subcontinent with ~9 laid lines per cm and no discernible chain lines.
Extent: 216 folios, 4 flyleaves (ff. ii + 216 + ii)
.
Dimensions (leaf): 230 × 150 mm.
Dimensions (written): 172 × 81 mm.
Foliation: Unfoliated

Collation

Undetermined. Catchwords throughout most of the lower-left corners of the b sides.

Condition

Text in good condition.

Layout


 Written in 1 column with 16 lines per page. Ruled with a misṭarah hand guide.

Hand(s)

Written in clear black nasta‘līq with subheaders in red by ‘Abdul Raḥmān Ṣadīqī.

Decoration

Ruling: Margins and occasional horizontal section breaks ruled in red double lines throughout.

Additions:
Marginalia: Written in pencilled Latin, many trimmed.
Inscriptions: Folio 1b bears a Latin description of the work with a basmala underneath.
Bookplates: Left pastedown: ‘Bibliotheca Lindesiana’ with pencilled shelfmark ‘2/K’, and ‘Bland MSS No. 327’.

Binding

Probably rebound for former owner Samuel Robinson by the Winstanley firm in Manchester as per his stamp on the final left flyleaf a side (f. iva).

Resewn on four recessed cord supports, with stiff-leaved endpapers of ivoury adhered to red machine-made wove papers oversewn at the beginning and end. Edges trimmed, finely sprayed in dilute red earth, then decorative front-bead endbands sewn in pale gold and pink silk threads at head and tail. Case-bound, tight-backed, in half dark brown morroco-grained goatskin leather, with five false bands on the spine, and double-combed 'nonpareil' marbled paper sides.

Blind double-fillet lines paletted at head, tail, and beside the bands on the spine, and also along the paper facing the boards. Spine titled
‘NEW TESTAMENT PERSIAN’
and
‘M. S. PERS.’ in the bottom panel.

240 × 160 × 40 mm.

Binding in poor condition, with the front board fully detached, and extensive abrasion to the exterior. Boxed.

Seal(s):
Owens College Library, Manchester blind embossed stamp, single-ruled.

19 × 21 mm.

History

Origin:

Provenance and Acquisition

Subsequently acquired by Manchester merchant and scholar Samuel Robinson (1794–1884) of Wilmslow, the author of Persian Poetry for English Readers (1883), who donated it to Owens College (the original institution that evolved into the of The University of Manchester today).

Transferred to the John Rylands Library in 1972 after it merged with the University of Manchester.

Record Sources

Bibliographical description derived from Siavash Rafiee-Rad, 'Persian Manuscripts in Samuel Robinson’s Collection in The John Rylands Library' (2017).

Manuscript description by Jake Benson in 2022 with reference to the volume in hand.

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Availability

The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader, see Becoming a Reader for details. Please contact uml.special-collections@manchester.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript.

Bibliography

    S. Rafiee-Rad, 'Persian Manuscripts in Samuel Robinson’s Collection in The John Rylands Library', Manuscripta: A Journal for Manuscript Research, Vol. 61, No. 2 (2017): pp. 260–262.

Funding of Cataloguing

The John Rylands Research Institute


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