Persian MS 332 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)
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
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’.
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.
Bibliographical description based on an index created by Reza Navabpour circa 1993. Identification of provenance based on manuscript catalogue by Michael Kerney, circa 1890s.
Funding of Cataloguing
Iran Heritage Foundation, the John Rylands Research, and the Soudavar Foundation