Persian MS 37 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)
405 miniatures. Based on the British Library's copy of the same work (Add. 23564), it is likely that the missing folios at the beginning and end of the manuscript would have contained around another 21 miniatures (bringing the number of miniatures to 425). A further 11 or so miniatures would likely also have adorned the replaced folios of 49 to 56 (bringing the number of miniatures to 436). The majority of the miniatures are small in size and exemplify the Shiraz style of the time (likely early 15th century).
Eighteenth-century oriental (Turkish?) binding of black leather with sunken medallions and pendants coloured with floral designs.
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.
Manuscript description based on B.W. Robinson, Persian Paintings in the John Rylands Library: A Descriptive Catalogue (London, 1980).
Funding of Cataloguing
Iran Heritage Foundation and The John Rylands Research Institute