Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 185 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Gulzār al-abrār (biographies of saints and learned men of India and Persia)

Language(s): Persian

Compiled circa 1612 CE.

Physical Description

Form: codex


Origin: Dated 1078 AH (1667 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. Compilation date from unpublished note by M.H. Siddiqi.


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Funding of Cataloguing

Iran Heritage Foundation

The John Rylands Research Institute


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