Persian MS 316 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)
Complete, with variations in comparison with the print edition. pp i-ii: index of entries in Persian
Bombay (Mumbai) publisher Muḥammad Malik al-Kuttāb Shīrāzī issued the first lithographed edition in 1324 AH (1906 CE). For a complete description, see Sachau and Ethé's catalogue of the Bodleian Library, no. 374.
Paginated on the upper corners in Hindu-Arabic numerals in black ink.
Good condition, but the opening is tight.
1 column throughout. Number of lines varies. Ruled impressions from a mistara
Pages 1–263: copied in a clear and refined nasta'liq primarily in black ink with the names of poets, Arabic passages, and chapter headings in the margins in red.
Pages 264–465: copied in a hurried nasta‘liq with shikastah ligatures in black ink with names of poets, Arabic passages, and chapter headings in the margins in red.
- Table of Contents: written in Persian in a different hand on the right flyleaf both sides.
- Bookplates: left paste-down, ‘Bibliotheca Lindesiana’ with shelfmark ‘2/F’, and ‘Bland MSS No. 536’.
Sewn on three cords laced into the pasteboards. Half bound in a European style tight backed red-brown goatskin with predominantly indigo blue Stormont marbled paper sides.
Blind tooled rope designs with a decorative wheel on the boards. Gilt panel bands with a double-line pallete and decorative palette at head and tail. Titled in handle letters ‘TUSKIRREH LODI’.
European front bead endbands, possibly in white, red, and blue silk.257 × 200 × 33 mm.
Provenance and Acquisition
Formerly owned by orientalist William Cureton (1808–1864). Subsequently acquired by scholar Nathaniel Bland (1803-1865), after whose death his oriental manuscripts were sold through Bernard Quaritch (1819–1899) in 1866 to Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford (1812–1880).
Purchased by Enriqueta Rylands (1843–1908) in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford (1847–1913).
Bequeathed by Enriqueta Rylands (1843–1908) to the John Rylands Library, in 1908.
Bibliographical description based on an index created by Reza Navabpour circa 1993. Identification of provenance based on manuscript catalogue by Michael Kerney, circa 1890s. Revised and expanded by James White in 2017 and Jake Benson in 2020 with reference to the manuscript.
Funding of Cataloguing
Iran Heritage Foundation and The John Rylands Research Institute
The Soudavar Foundation