Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 241 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 117 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 24.7 × 15.8 cm.
Dimensions (written):


Irregular column layout throughout.



Origin: 1210 AH (1796 CE)

Provenance and Acquisition

Formerly part of the collections of Samuel Hawtayne Lewin (d.1840), one of the Six Clerks of the Court of Chancery. Lewin was also Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (1829-1840). 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

Provenance description based on Ursula Sims-Williams' article 'The Strange Story of Samuel Guise: An 18th-Century Collection of Zoroastrian Manuscripts' (Bulletin of the Asia Institute, New Series, Vol. 19, (2005), pp. 199-209). Bibliographical description based on an index created by Reza Navabpour circa 1993. Identification of provenance based on manuscript catalogue by Michael Kerney, circa 1890s.

Manuscript 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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