Persian MS 644 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)
Black ink. Nastaʿliq, shikastah. Arabic copied in naskh. Red rubrication used very rarely.
Plain red leather on pasteboard
Provenance and Acquisition
f.5a. Stamps with reversed text (mirror-writing), reading Muḥammad Muḥtadd ʿAlī. n.f. sold on the 20th Rabīʿ al-Awwal 1262 AH f.3a stamps of Sulaymān Jāh dated 1233 AH, and Muḥammad ʿAlī Shāh-i Zamān-i ʿĀlījāh. f.358a stamp of Sulaymān Jāh dated 1233 AH. f.358b stamp of Muḥammad ʿAlī Shāh-i Zamān-i ʿĀlījāh. Another, illegible stamp.
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, the John Rylands Research, and the Soudavar Foundation