Persian MS 985 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)
Written in 2 columns with 15 lines per page. Ruled with a misṭarah hand guide.
Written in clear black nasta‘līq with subheaders in red by Imām al-Dīn vālad-i Shaykh ‘Alī.
Ruling: Vertical column dividers in single-ruled lines, with the surrounding margins double-ruled, and the header on folio 1a triple-ruled, all in red.
Marginalia: Notes written in the margins in various hands throughout. Bookplates:
The final right flyleaf b side (f. ivb): ‘Bequeathed by Samuel Robinson, of Wilmslow, 1884’, with ‘Class: 284; Section: 147, 112; Prog. Nº 39155’
Left pastedown: ‘Samuel Robinson, Blackbrook Cottage, Wilmslow’.
Rebound in the mid to late 19th century by the Winstanley in Manchester, probably for former owner Samuel Robinson.
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 yellow and red silk threads at head and tail. Case-bound, tight-backed, in half burgundy morocco-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
NAMEH.’ and ‘M.S. PERS.’ at tail.
194 × 122 × 35 mm.
Handle binding with caution. In poor condition, with the left board detached. and abrasion to the exterior. Boxed.
19 × 21 mm.
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.
Bibliographical description derived from Siavash Rafiee-Rad, 'Persian Manuscripts in Samuel Robinson’s Collection in The John manch Rylands Library' (2017).
Funding of Cataloguing
The John Rylands Research Institute