Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 24 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: Illustrated copy of Muḥammad 'Aṣṣār Tabrīzī's poem Mihr va-Mushtarī (the Sun and Jupiter).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 220 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 22.8 × 12.1 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14 × 6.3 cm.

The pencilled foliation omits the first folio.




A double-page frontispiece within an illuminated border on folios 0a and 1a, in addition to five miniatures. The illuminations are in Turkman style.


Contemporary binding with flap missing and spine seemingly replaced in France in the eighteenth-century . It bears the inscription in gilt 'AMOURS DE MEHER EN LANGUE PERSIENNE' and the crest of a castle. The covers are of dark leather with sunken gilt medallions, pendants and corner-pieces embossed with floral arabesques. The doublures are similar, with one or two leaves etc. picked out in blue.


Origin: circa 1486 AH

Provenance and Acquisition

The colophon on folio 220a does not give the name of the copyist or the date of the manuscript, but contains the author's name and the date of composition of the poem (788/1386). B.W. Robinson suggests that the manuscript itself is around a century later.

A seal of a capital 'L' surmounted by some sort of coronet appears in one or two places in the manuscript.

Formerly part of the collection of the orientalist Antoine-Isaac Silvestre de Sacy (1758-1838). The manuscript then became 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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