Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 1 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Physical Description

Form: codex
Dimensions (leaf): 22.6 × 14.5 cm.




Around 200 unframed, coloured illustrations placed within the text.



Provenance and Acquisition

Formerly part of the collections of John Haddon Hindley (1765–1827), an oriental scholar, and Samuel Hawtayne Lewin (d.1840), one of the Six Clerks of the Court of Chancery. Lewin was also Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (1829-1840). See Ursula Sims-Williams, 'The Strange Story of Samuel Guise: An 18th-Century Collection of Zoroastrian Manuscripts', Bulletin of the Asia Institute, New Series, Vol. 19, (2005), pp. 199-209. Also formerly part of the collection of Archibald Swinton (1812-1890), a Scottish author and politician. The manuscript then became part of the collection of the Persian scholar Nathaniel Bland (1803-1865). Bland’s oriental manuscripts were sold through Bernard Quaritch in 1866 to Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford.

Purchased by Enriqueta Rylands, on behalf of the John Rylands Library, in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford.

Record Sources

Bibliographical description based on an index created by Reza Navabpour circa 1993. Identification of provenance based on manuscript catalogue by Michael Kerney, circa 1890s.

Codicological description based on B.W. Robinson, Persian Paintings in the John Rylands Library: A Descriptive Catalogue (London, 1980).


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.

Funding of Cataloguing

Iran Heritage Foundation and The John Rylands Research Institute


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