Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 967 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: The Kullīyāt (Complete Works) of Saʻdī
Title: Kullīyāt
Title: كليات
Incipit: (basmalla) برگ ۱پ (Folio 1b): سپاس برون از مقیاس سزاوار جناب پادشاه پادشاهی
Explicit: برگ ۸۹ر (Folio 89a): احوال بایجاز تمام کشمیر
Colophon: برگ ۸۹ر (Folio 89a):
Colophon: Two colophons, the first on folio 34b dated Rabīʿ I 1016 AH (Jun.–Jul. 1607 CE), and another on folio 274a for the volume's completion by the scribe ʿAbd al-Ghanī ibn ʿAbd al-Vahhāb in Jumādá II 1016 AH (Sept.–Oct. 1607 CE).

For another copy of this manuscript held in the Rylands, see Persian MS 820.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Text block of ivory-coloured, sized and polished paper.
Extent: 278 folios, 5 flyleaves (ff. iii + 278 + ii ) What the delaminated pastedown now constitutes the first right flyleaf.
Dimensions (leaf): 250 × 162 mm.
Dimensions (written): × mm.


Undetermined. Catchword throughout on the lower-left corners of the b sides.


Handle with caution. Text in poor condition.


Written in 1 column with 20 lines in the centres of the pages, with another 30 hemistichs in the surrounding margins, for 50 lines totalled. Ruled with a miṣṭārah hand guide.


Written in black nasta‘līq script with red lines to highlight passages, or indicate breaks and full stops.


Quarter bound in black leather with paper sides.

Handle binding with caution. In poor condition, with the right pastedown delaminated from the right board leaving the underlying hinge exposed and board attachment loose.


Origin: Completed by ʿAbd al-Ghanī ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb, probably in the Indian subcontinent; Jumādá II 1016 AH (Sep.–Oct. 1607 CE)

Provenance and Acquisition

Subsequently owned by Chetham Librarian John Haddon Hindley (1765–1827), after whose death, the volume sold for £2 12 shillings to Hall . by the London firm of Howell and Stewart sold many of his manuscripts. Note that although Siavash Rafiee-Rad implies that Samuel Robinson of Wilmslow formerly owned this manuscript, neither external nor internal evidence to suggest this.

Unknown. Probably transferred from the University of Manchester Library to the John Rylands Library after the institutions merged in 1972.

Record Sources

Bibliographical description derived from Siavash Rafiee-Rad, 'Persian Manuscripts in Samuel Robinson’s Collection in The John Rylands Library' (2017), and an earlier description .

Record created and manuscript description amended and enhanced by Jake Benson in 2022 with reference to the volume in hand.


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Funding of Cataloguing

The John Rylands Research Institute and Library

The Soudavar Memorial Foundation


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