Persian MS 795 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)
Foliated Hindu-Arabic numerals on the upper-left corners of the a sides in black ink.
Written in 1 to 4 columns with 25 lines per page. Ruled with a misṭarah hand guide.
Primarily written in nasta‘līq script in black ink with subheaders in red.
- The right flyleaf verso (f. ib) bears the number ‘377’
- The left flyleaf verso (f. iib) inscribed with the initials ‘H. H. W.’of former owner Horace Hayman Wilson in black ink with another inscription underneath in the hand of Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford in pencil:
‘Djelal ud-deen, written AH 1101 AD 1689. (from Mr. Horace Hayman Wilson's Libr. 576 pp. £3-3-0’
- Left paste-down: ‘Bibliotheca Lindesiana’ with shelfmark ‘1/D’, and an earlier Lindesiana label ‘Persian MS 795’ with the numbers ‘1’ and ‘9’ crossed out.
Resewn on five recessed cords, with European-style front bead decorative endbands in yellow and red silk threads at head and tail. Rebound in half calfskin leather with Shell-patterned marbled paper sides. Endpapers watermarked with an heart-shaped East India Company insignia, dated 1820 and countermarked ‘J Whatman Balston & Co. 1820’, manufactured by William Balston, (1759–1849) in Maidstone, Kent.
Surviving spine fragment of the spine palleted with quatrefoil decorative roll with double fillet lines either side, with single fillet lines on the boards.
287 × 194 × 41 mm.
In fair condition.
Two Anglo-Persian rectangular black seal impressions of former owner Charles Boddam (1762–1811) on folios 1a and 288a, intaglio-carved in nasta‘līq script, stacked in three lines, on a floral ground, double-ruled, dated 1200 AH (1785–86 CE): ‘ امیر الدوله عماد الملک چارلس بادم بهادر مظفر جنگ ۱۲۰۰ ’ ‘Amīr al-Dawlah ‘Imād al-Mulk Chārils Bādam Bahādur Muẓaffar Jang, 1200’ 13 × 18 mm.
Leather spine fragments placed in an archival envelope.
Provenance and Acquisition
Previously owned by East India company magistrate Charles Boddam (1762–1811), as per his Anglo-Persian seal impressions on folios 1a and 288a.
Subsequently acquired by orientalist and University of Oxford Professor of Sanskrit Horace Hayman Wilson (1786–1860).
After Wilson's death, London bookseller Bernard Quaritch (1819–1899) sold several of his oriental manuscripts to to Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford (1812–1880), including this volume on 19 March 1863.
Subsequently purchased by Enriqueta Rylands (1843–1908) in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford (1847–1913).
Bequeathed by Enriqueta Rylands (1843–1908) in 1908 to the John Rylands Library.
Bibliographical description based on an index created by Reza Navabpour circa 1993. Identification of provenance based on manuscript catalogue by Michael Kerney, circa 1890s.
Dating information from Kerney, Bibliotheca Lindesiana, Hand-list of Oriental Manuscripts: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, 1898.
Manuscript description by Jake Benson in 2021 with reference to the volume, and in consultation with Dr Ursula Sims-Williams (Lead Curator for Persian, British Library) regarding Boddam's seal impression.
Funding of Cataloguing
Iran Heritage Foundation and The John Rylands Research Institute