Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 1002 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: The second of three volumes of a Dīvān of Ḥāfiẓ (ca. 1315–1390), together with together with Persian MS 1001 and 1003. Purchased by Manchester's Chetham Library in circa 1800, then-librarian John Haddon Hindley references these volumes in his English translations of select ghazals.
Title: Dīvān
Title: دیوان
Language(s): Persian

In his appendix to his translation, p. iii, Hindley explictly describes this manuscript as "purchased into the Chetham Library after these Papers were prepared for the Press..." provides a catalogue description on p. ix, then list the contents on pp. 1–28. One of ten copies of this work held in the Rylands, for others see Persian MS 14, 34, 50, 262, 263, 288, 563, 842, 945, and 946.

Physical Description

Form: codex



Provenance and Acquisition

According to the incription, acquired by a 'Mr. Bruce' in Lucknow, together with a collection of 40 volumes, possibly surgeon Dr Robert Lloyd, an early member of the Asiatick Society of Bengal.

Subsequently obtained, possibly in Lucknow, in 1794 by Bengal Army officer, orientalist, and travel writer William Francklin (1763–1839), who spent over four decades serving in India. An early member of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, he would ultimately serve as its librarian sometime after his return to England until his death.

Evidently purchased, probably from Francklin, by Chetham Library, Manchester in circa 1800.

Purchased from Chetham Library by the John Rylands Library, together with other oriental manuscripts for £2000 in 1981.

Record Sources

Bibliographical description derived from an unpublished hand-list of additional Persian manuscripts.

Manuscript description by Jake Benson in 2023 .


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Funding of Cataloguing

The John Rylands Research Institute and Library

The Soudavar Memorial Foundation


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