Persian MS 109 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)
Written in two columns with 19 lines on per page.
Copied in nasta‘liq script in black ink
First flyleaf and folio 1a feature a pair of illuminated roundels (shamsa), inscribed in a different shikastah hand, followed by elaborate double opening pages on folios 1b–2a.
- Inscription: on right flyleaf verso‘No 47- Diwan i Amir Khusru’ (possibly in the hand of Gore Ouseley?).
- Bookplates: left paste-down, ‘Bibliotheca Lindesiana’ with shelfmark ‘F/5’, and ‘Bland MSS No. 331’.
Sewn at two stations, with Islamic-style twined chevron endbands in green and red silk. Rebound in full, tightbacked polished dark brownish-red goatskin leather over pasteboards, without a flap (Type III binding per Déroche), decorated with double ruled margins and board edges. Later rebacked in red calfskin leather, applied over the original boards, with repairs in the same leather applied along the edges of the left board. Spine blind paletted panel lines of rows of quatrefoils with dotted zig-zags on either side, with central lyres (the same used on Persian MS 285), and titled ‘AMIR KHUSRU’ with handle letters in gold. Internal goatskin leather doublures line the interiors, the excess width adhered as hinges attached to the second and second to last flyleaves that were decorated with serrated zig-zag cut paper strips. 245 × 165 × 44 mm.
On folio 324b, a small rectangular seal of a former owner, intaglio-carved in nasta‘liq script in two stacked lines, is impressed in black ink: لعل شهابی La’l Shihābī (?) 1214 AH (1799–1800 CE).
12 × 15 mm.
Provenance and Acquisition
Subsequently owned by one La’l Shihābī (?), probably in India, as per his stamp dated 1214 AH (1799–80 CE) impressed upon folio 324b.
Later acquired by Persian scholar Nathaniel Bland (1803–1865), after whose death his oriental manuscripts were sold through Bernard Quaritch (1819–1899) in 1866 to Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford (1812–1880).
Purchased by Enriqueta Rylands (1843–1908) in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford (1847–1913).
Bequeathed by Enriqueta Rylands (1843–1908) in 1908 to the John Rylands Library.
Bibliographical description based on an index created by Reza Navabpour circa 1993, derived from a manuscript catalogue by Michael Kerney, circa 1890s and his Bibliotheca Lindesiana, Hand-list of Oriental Manuscripts: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, 1898.
Revised and expanded by James White in 2018 and Jake Benson in 2020 with reference to the manuscript.
Funding of Cataloguing
Iran Heritage Foundation, the John Rylands Research, and the Soudavar Foundation