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