Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 745 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: A volume containing one treatise on hunting, and one treatise on the properties of precious stones.
Incipit: بهترین طایر ما فال مبارک بال که طیران کند در هوای ابتدای رمز دلی بال حمد خداوندیست
Explicit: تحریر یافت
Language(s): Persian

A treatise on hunting and hunting-animals, containing an alphabetically arranged section on the legality of eating certain animals in the Shāfiʿite madhhab. The second text is on the properties of precious stones.

Colophon: ff. 57b and 70a, both dated 1134 AH

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Unpolished wove paper, light brown in colour. Patched with an orange-umber paper.
Dimensions (leaf): 21.5 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written):


Some insect damage


1 column, 15 lines


Legible Nasta’liq in black ink. Rubrication in red. In the hand of Muḥammad Shāhī


Plain red leather binding. Risāla ṣaydiyya written in Arabic script on spine.


Origin: 1134 AH/1721-2 CE

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.


The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader, see Becoming a Reader for details. Please contact uml.special-collections@manchester.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript.

Funding of Cataloguing

Iran Heritage Foundation, the John Rylands Research, and the Soudavar Foundation



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