Persian MS 475 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)
also attributed to
Arabic pagination on left top corner of every recto page.
Wormeaten throughout. Repaired. Folios 121-160 missing, and folios 218-264, save one laef between 217 and 265, which has lost pagination in repair and does not correspond with either. Folios 186-192 and 275-278 disordered.
15 Lines to the page
Black ink, rubrics in red, nasta‘līq, occasionally mixed with shikastah and nask
collected by Sharīf al-Raḍī, Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥusayn, 969 or 970-1016, whose full name, according to the Majalis al-Mu’minīn (Persian MS 363, f. 193a), is Muḥammad bin Musá bin, Muḥammad bin Ibrahīm al-Imām Musá al- Kāzim. It is a major shi’ite work, suggested to be an equal to Quran, and therefore called akh al-Qur’dn (the brother of the Quran), see Ibn Yusuf Shirazī, Fihrist-i Kitābkhanah-i Madrasah-i 'Alī Sipahsālār, vol II, p. 113. However, the title of the present work is wanting in the list of the works by Sharif al- Razī which, admittedly, is not necessarily complete. Authorship of this work is also related to ʻIlm al-Hudá, Sayyid Murtaz̤á see IIbn Yusuf Shirazī, Fihrist-i Kitābkhanah-i Madrasah-i 'Alī Sipahsālār, vol II,, p. 114).
- 1r Owner's seal ناسخ هر مهر شد مزین بر کتاب, خاتم امجد علی شاه زمان عالیجناب1230
- 1r Owner's seal خوش است مهرکتبخانه سلیمان جاه, به کتاب مزین چو نفش بسم الله, 4412
- 1r Owner's seal خاتم... (ناخوانا) علی سلطان عالم بر کتاب, ...(ناخوانا) تو بادا تا فروغ آفتاب,3612
- inside cover Marginalia Additions in the margins
- inside cover Bookplates Bibilotheca Lindesiana, Bland MSS No. 392
- Owner's seal illegible
- Owner's name کرنیل جارج (Colonel George William Hamilton) ولیم هملتن صاحب بهادر
- Remarks and notes بتاریخ: یازدهم ربیع الاول سنه -هجری مخابره2612 -در اصل بی نقطهرسید
- 1r Title شرح نهج البلاغه
- on fly leaf Remarks and notes شرح نهج البلاغه(کلمه شرح خط خورده و بالای آن به خط دیگر نوشته شده: ( ترجمه فارسی)
rebound in red calf leather.
Bearing three elaborately designed seals, in red ink on f. 1r and also on f. 291v, all concealed with pasted blank paper, though they can be distinguished as the same seals belonging to the library of Amjad Ali Shah, King of Awadh d. 1263, and another seal inside the cover.
Provenance and Acquisition
From the collection of Colonel George William Hamilton (1807-1868) who served in India from 1823 to 1867 latterly as Commissioner in Delhi. He acquired over a thousand Indian and Persian manuscripts of which 352 were selected after his death for the British Museum. The remainder were purchased in 1868 by Alexander Lindsay, 25th 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 and The John Rylands Research Institute