Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 507 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: The second volume of ‘Ain al-Hayat, a major Shi’ite work on theology and ethics by Muhammad Baqir ibn Muḥammad Taqī Majlisī (AH 1038-1110/1111, A.D. 1628/29-1699/1700). Title is given at the end of the MS. (f. 424b). The beginning of the text corresponds to middle of bab 2 of samarah 3 in E.G. Browne’s list of content of this work (Cambridge Cat., pp 64-69). The first heading on 34r باب سیوم در بیان معنی دنیاست corresponds with Browne, f. 127a.

Volume II, opens abruptly at the beginning apparently following volume I. Title is given at the end of the MS.

Incipit: (beginnig) پرسید که کیست که جفاکارتراست(،) گفت پادشاه ظالم و دلی که در آن رحم نباشدپرسید که چه چیز است که به نهایت نمیرسد، گفت که چشم صاحب حرص که هرگزاز دنیا سیر نمیشود... ،
Explicit: 424v باینجا ختم میکنم کتاب عین ...الحیوة را
Language(s): Persian


IOE 1451-53; for a brief biography of author and his works see: BMR 20a-b; for some lithographs and prints of this work see: Mushar 2357

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 424 folios, 2 fly leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 243 × 146 mm.
Dimensions (written): 176 × 94 mm.


Wormeaten, repaired.


12 lines to the page


Black ink and overlinings in red; nasta‘līq.

  • Marginalia additions in the margins
  • title in bold hand on fly-leaf علم کلام؛ جلد دویم عین الحیوة تالیف محمد باقرین محمد تقی؛ بیان حدیث
  • Owner's name In bold hand on fly leaf كرنل جارج وليم هميلتن صاحب بهادر (Colonel George William Hamilton?) for whom it was apparently repiared and rebound.
  • Bookplates inside cover Printed under coat of arms; Bibilotheca Lindesiana, Bland MSS No. 424 (crossed and changed to Persian MSS No. 507)
Catchwords on every verso page.


Firmely bound in ornamented binding with gold embossing



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.

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.


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Funding of Cataloguing

Iran Heritage Foundation and The John Rylands Research Institute


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