Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

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

Persian Manuscripts


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 221 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 24.7 × 17.2 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17.8 × 10.2 cm.



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: Dated 5 Muharram 1029 (1609 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).


The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader, see Becoming a Reader for details. Please contact uml.special-collections@manchester.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript.

Funding of Cataloguing

Iran Heritage Foundation and The John Rylands Research Institute


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