Persian MS 2 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)
Copied by Riz̤ā Ibn Khājah ‘Abd Muḥammad
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.
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.
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).
Funding of Cataloguing
Iran Heritage Foundation and The John Rylands Research Institute