Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 149 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Nafāʾis al-funūn fī ʻarāʾis al-ʻuyūn by Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Maḥmūd Āmulī

Incipit: (basmalla) ...ثابت کند و از حضم زولیت نایل کرداند و بی آنکه نفس اویتره گردد و بر و غالب شود...
Explicit: ...دیگر اخلاط و فایدهٔ او در بدن آنست که غرا(؟) او دهد و نسختین و ترطیب کند و بشره را خوب و صافی کرداند و امّا غیر طبیعی سنجلاب(؟) این بود و خردج او از طبیع...
Colophon: No colophon

Text ends abruptly

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Dimensions (leaf):
Dimensions (written):




Probably rebound in the early 19th century in Paris for former owner John Staples Harriott.

Resewn on 4 recessed cords, laced into pasteboard. Edges trimmed and fabric endbands applied at head and tail.

305 × 227 × 38 mm.



Provenance and Acquisition

Subsequently acquired by scholar Nathaniel Bland (1803–1865) for his library at Randalls Park, Leatherhead. After his death, London bookseller Bernard Quaritch (1819–1899) sold his oriental manuscripts to Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford (1812–1880) in 1866, and moved to Bibliotheca Lindesiana at Haigh Hall, Wigan.

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, Manchester.

Record Sources

Bibliographical description based on an index created by Reza Navabpour circa 1993, derived from a manuscript catalogue by Michael Kerney, circa 1890s, concisely published as Bibliotheca Lindesiana, Hand-list of Oriental Manuscripts: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, 1898.

Manuscript description by Jake Benson in 2023 with reference to the volume in hand.


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    H. Ethé, Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the library of the India Office, Vol. 1 (London: Printed for the India Office by H. Hart, 1903), cols. 1212–1215, nos. 2221–2225 [British Library IO Islamic 1099, etc.].
    C. Rieu, Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum, Vol. II (London: British Museum, 1881), pp. 435–438 [British Library Add. 16827, etc].
    E. Sachau and H. Ethé, Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstani, and Pushtû manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Vol. I (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1889), cols. 909–913, nos. 1483–1491 [Bodleian Fraser 175, etc.].
    C. A. Storey, Persian Literature: A Bio-bibliographical Survey, Vol. II, Pt. 3 (London: Luzac & Co., 1977), pp. 355–357, no. 593.

Funding of Cataloguing

Iran Heritage Foundation

The John Rylands Research Institute


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