Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 1011 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: Shāhnāmah (Book of Kings), by Abū al-Qāsim Manṣūr Firdawsī (fl. ca. 940–1020). It opens with a shortened redaction of the Baysunghur preface, followed by the poem proper, of which Abū Manṣūr Daqīqī (d. ca. 980) commenced a thousand lines, but after his death, Firdawsī completed the work shortly before the year 1000 CE. He drew upon a number of pre-Islamic Pahlavi middle Persian sources, principally the now-lost Khwadāynāmag (Book of Lords) that recounted the ancient rulers of Persian until the Sassanian period, as well as Iranian mythology and folklore. Previously held in Chetham's Library, Manchester.
Language(s): Persian
Incipit: برگ ۱پ (folio 1b): ای هژده هزار عالم از شوق تو مست * سر در سر جست و جوی جان بر کف دست.
Language(s): Persian

For other copies of this work held in the Rylands, see Persian MS 8, 9, Persian MS 121, Persian MS 131, Persian MS 145, Persian MS 220, Persian MS 525, Persian MS 869, 909, 910, 932, 933, and 977–978 (2 vols.), 999 and 1000 (2 vols.).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Dimensions (leaf): × mm.
Dimensions (written): × mm.









Provenance and Acquisition

Previously held in Chetham's Library, Manchester.

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

Record Sources

Manuscript description by Jake Benson in 2023 .


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Funding of Cataloguing

The John Rylands Research Institute and Library and the Soudavar Memorial Foundation.


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