Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 2 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: Persian illustrated copy of Qazwini's Wonders of Creation, an important Arabic cosmography.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 221 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 247 × 172 mm.
Dimensions (written): 178 × 102 mm.


Written in 1 column, with 19 lines per page. Ruled with a misṭarah hand guide.


300 miniatures and diagrams in a provincial version of the contemporary early seventeenth-century Isfahan style.

  • رضا بن خواجه عبد محمد


Eighteenth-century European binding of plain suede leather, inscribed with 'AJAYB AL MAKHLOOKAT' in ink on the spine.


Origin: Completed by Riz̤ā ibn Khvājah ‘Abd Muḥammad 5 Muharram 1029 (12 Dec. 1619 CE) AH

Provenance and Acquisition

Colophon on folio 221a.

The manuscript was owned by Herbert Lloyd in 1781. It was also 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.

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


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Funding of Cataloguing

Iran Heritage Foundation

The John Rylands Research Institute


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