Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 332 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: Persian translation of the original Arabic work, containing choice selection of tales, poems and moral reflexions from various works.
Incipit: وأجاد لهم بالتي هي أحسن
Explicit: که ذات اوست به کرم لطف سزاواری
Language(s): Persian
Colophon: No colophon

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Slightly polished, cream-coloured paper. Text block made of slightly polished, sprinkled, coffee-coloured wove paper.
Extent: ff. iii+498+iii
Dimensions (leaf): 28.5 × 18 cm.
Dimensions (written):


In tolerable condition. Some damage to spine. Water damage to folios.



Persian copied in a good nasta’liq hand in black ink. Arabic in ‘naskh’ in red ink. Rubrication in red. The spine suggests that the name of the scribe is Vilāyat


Plain binding of red leather. Spine reads ترجمۀ فرج بعد از شدت بخط ولایت

Accompanying Material

f.1a Seal reading Abū l-Muḥassin 1283 AH f1. Note: f.i ‘Furj [sic.] bad az shiddat – ‘pleasure after pain’. Translated from an Arabic work now lost – a highly balanced and outstanding work – written in Persian’.


Origin: Not later than 1700 CE

Provenance and Acquisition

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.

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.


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, the John Rylands Research, and the Soudavar Foundation


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