Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 707 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: Risālah dar ‘Ilm-i Mūsīqī (Treatise on Musicology) composed by Qāsim ibn Dūst ‘Alī al-Bukhārī (fl. 16th century). It includes a chapter on tan tan (rhythm) illustrated with various dā'ira (circular) diagrams.
Incipit: (basmala) برگ ۱پ (folio 1b): نغمات الحمد للحکیم الذي جعل المقامات لسرور للعارفین.
Explicit: برگ ۴۱پ (folio 41b): بواقی مایل این فن را دریا بند انشا الله تعالی قد وقع الفراغ من تصنیف هذه النسخه المسمات بمقالات النعیم.
Colophon: برگ ۴۱پ (folio 41b): .وقت العصر في یوم السبت الثامن من شهر رابع الاول في سنة ثمان و سبعین و الف و ماتین الهجری سنه ۱۲۷۸ کاتبه دایه قادر بخش ملتانی الهی ۱۸ نکس(؟) که این خط نوشت غفر کن کتابش عطا کن هشت حب الحکیم جناب نعتین کرنیل جارج ولیم همیلٹان صاحب بهادر کمشنر و سرمندٹ صوبه ملتان.
Colophon: Completed by Dāyah Qādir Bakhsh Multānī for Colonel George William Hamilton in Multan on Saturday afternoon, 8 Rabī‘ I AH (13 Sept. 1861 CE).

For another work by this author on the fretting of musical instruments, see Rieu Supplement, British Library Or. 2361, no. IV. For another volume completed by this same scribe for Hamilton, see Rieu I .

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Thin, highly sized and polished, cross-grained paper likely handmade in the Indian subcontinent, with ~1mm between laid lines and no discernible chain lines.
Extent: 41 folios, 4 flyleaves (ff. ii + 41 + ii).
Dimensions (leaf): 233 × 148 mm.
Dimensions (written): 158 × 83 mm.
Foliation: Foliated in pencilled Arabic numeral on the upper-left corners of the a sides by the cataloguer.


Quaternions throughout. 5IV+1(41). The first quire contains singletons fastened together to form bifolia. Catchwords thoughtout on the lower left corners of the b sides.


In good condition. Modest ⟨insect⟩ damage in the gutter margins.


Written in 1 column with 13 lines per page. Ruled with a misṭarah hand guide.


Written in black nasta‘līq script with subheaders and marks in red.

  • The second right flyleaf (f. iia) bears a Persian inscription identifying the volume, probably in the hand of Muhīn Dās, assistant to former owner Colonel George William Hamilton :

    ‘ رساله در علم موسیقی یعنی موسوم بمقاررت النعیم تصنیف قا ’

    Risālah dar ‘Ilm-i Mūsīqī ya‘nī mawsūm bi-muqārarat al-na‘īm, taṣnīf-i Qāsim ibn Dūst ‘Alī al-Bukhārī. ’

  • Left paste-down: ‘Bibliotheca Lindesiana’ with shelfmark ‘1/H’, ‘Hamilton MSS’ ‘No. 624’.


Bound in a hybrid British-Indian style in Multan for former owner Colonel George William Hamilton (1807-1868). Unsupported sewing at two stations adhered to the inside of the boards. Twined chevron endbands in red and green silk worked at head and tail. Covered full, smooth polished maroon goatskin leather over pasteboards, with defined joints, squares along the edges of the boards, and without a flap (Type III binding per Déroche). Doublures of the same leather line the interior, with the excess put down as hinges onto the first and last flyeleaves, overlaid with a strip of paper cut with a decorative zig-zag cut along one edge to disguise the join.

Boards margins stained black then double-ruled in yellow on either side.

233 × 153 × 11 mm.

Binding in good condition, with whitened salts on the leather surface (spew) due to exposure to moisture.


Origin: Completed in Multan, Punjab; 8 Rabī‘ I AH (13 Sept. 1861 CE), by by Vāyah Qādir Bakhsh Multānī for Colonel George William Hamilton

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, where he collected over a thousand Indian and Persian manuscripts.

After his death, the British Museum selected 352 volumes, now held in the British Library, after which Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford (1812–1880) obtained the remainder.

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.

Record Sources

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 Jake Benson in 2022 with reference to the volume, and in consultation with Dr. Katherine Butler Schofield regarding the text and its author.


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Digital Images

Manchester Digital Collections (full digital facsimile)


    C. Rieu, Supplement to the Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1895), p. 115, no. 162 IV [BL Or. 2361].

Funding of Cataloguing

Iran Heritage Foundation

The John Rylands Research Institute


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