Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 16 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


2 works by Saʻdī on the subjects of Persian poetry and Persian literature

Title: Būstān
Language(s): Persian

For other copies of this work held in the Rylands, see Persian MS 84/1, 239, 240, 511, 512/1, 861, 979, and 986.

Title: Gulistān
Language(s): Persian

For other copies of this work held in the Rylands, see Persian MS 84/2, 512/2, and 860, and 943.

Physical Description

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





Origin: 1204 AH (1789 CE)

Provenance and Acquisition

Formerly 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.


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Funding of Cataloguing

Iran Heritage Foundation

The John Rylands Research Institute


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