Persian MS 3 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)
Pencil foliation throughout. As the pencil numbering includes three fly-leaves at the beginning, what should be numbered folio 1 is numbered 4 etc.
Copied by Shūmā شوما
355 miniatures, which exemplify the mature Isfahan style, maintain a high standard of execution throughout. An extremely fine illuminated heading at the beginning of the text, with the central medallion left unpainted.
Contemporary binding of black morocco with fine stamped gilt medallions (flowers) and pendants (rabbits). Doublures of red leather, with medallions and pendants of gold cut-out work on blue, green and red backgrounds.
Provenance and Acquisition
Colophon on folio 259a (256a according to the modern pencil numbering) signed by Shamsa. At the beginning are two Persian seals with short librarians' entries: 1. Pitifāt 'Alī Khān; 2. Mu'izz al-Dawla Bahādur Khān (?), dated 1162/1749; one of the inscriptions appears to record the gift of the manuscript from the first to the second.
Formerly part of the collection of the orientalist Antoine-Isaac Silvestre de Sacy (1758-1838). A label has been affixed to the inside front cover which reads: 'M: Silvestre de Sacy, 226'. 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.
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 and The John Rylands Research Institute