Persian MS 745 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)
Written in 1 column with 15 lines per page
Legible nasta’liq script with shikastah ligatures in black ink. Rubrication in red.
- Table of Contents: Folio1a features a list of animals featured in the manuscript, written in nasta‘līq script.
- Inscription: Right flyleaf bears the Persian titles written in nasta‘līq script.
- Bookplates: left paste-down, ‘Bibliotheca Lindesiana’ with shelfmark ‘1/I’, and ‘Hamilton MSS 662’.
Sewn on a single flat support, without endbands. Covered in a hybrid British-Indian binding in full red goatskin leather over pasteboards, without a flap (type III per Déroche), squares at the edges and defined joints.Sewn on a single flat support, without endbands. Covered in a hybrid British-Indian binding in full red goatskin leather over pasteboards, without a flap (type III per Déroche), squares at the edges and defined joints. Risālah Ṣaydiyah written in Persian on an octagonal paper label adhered to the spine.
Boards ruled along the perimeters in yellow with a double line and with a single line for the inner margins.
215 × 156 × 22 mm.
Provenance and Acquisition
Subsequently acquired by 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 from that after his death the British Museum selected 352 now held in the British Library.
In 1868, Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford (1812–1880) purchased the remainder.
Purchased by Enriqueta Rylands (1843–1908) in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford (1847–1913).
Bequeathed by Enriqueta Rylands in 1908 to the John Rylands Library.
Bibliographical description based on an index created by Reza Navabpour circa 1993, derived from a manuscript catalogue by Michael Kerney, circa 1890s and his Bibliotheca Lindesiana, Hand-list of Oriental Manuscripts: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, 1898.
Manuscript description by James White in 2017 with reference to the volume.
Further amended and enhanced by Jake Benson in 2021.
Funding of Cataloguing
Iran Heritage Foundation, the John Rylands Research, and the Soudavar Foundation