Persian MS 984 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)
Primarily written in black nasta‘līq with red subheaders by Maḥmūd ibn Mubārak.
Ruling: Margins ruled in red single lines throughout.
Marginalia: Notations and corrections in various hands throughout.
A letter dated 4 December 1975 accompanies the volume, written by David Brady (Middle Eastern Librarian in the University of Manchester from the late 1960s to the 1980s) to Glenys Matheson (Keeper of Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library until the 1980s):
‘Dear Miss Matheson, I am sending to you a Persian manuscript which has been kept in the Cataloguing Room here at least as long as I have been here. I think that it is time that it joined the Persian manuscripts collection at Deansgate. The appended card contains some information about the manuscript, which I managed to discover a few years ago. Best wishes, David Brady’.
Provenance and Acquisition
Subsequently acquired by scholar Samuel Robinson (1794–1884) of Wilmslow 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 1975 after it merged with the University of Manchester.
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.-->
Funding of Cataloguing
The John Rylands Research Institute