Persian MS 318 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)
The first half of the work from the letter الف to the first page of letter صاد.
While Bland and Elliott report ʻAlī Ibrāhīm Khān's takhalluṣ as "Khalīl", it is given here as "Khayāl".
4 columns, 25 lines per page. Hand guide used.
In the hand of the author, ʻAlī Ibrāhīm Khān, d. 1793 or 4, a Nasta'liq hand in black ink. Red ink used to mark titles, sub-headings and the names of poets.
- Marginalia Infrequent marginalia in the hand of the copyist/compiler, ʻAlī Ibrāhīm Khān, d. 1793 or 4
- The manuscript is accompanied by loose lists in English, probably by Nathaniel Bland, naming the poets featured.
- f.iva Note: "presented to the Library of East India House by Sir John Malcolm, May 19 1827."
Binding of brown leather on pasteboard. Edges stamped and gilded.
Provenance and Acquisition
Presented to the Library of East India House by Sir John Malcom, 19 May 1827.
Formerly part of the collection of the Persian scholar Nathaniel Bland (1803-1865). Bland’s oriental manuscripts were sold through Bernard Quaritch in 1866 to Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford.
Purchased by Enriqueta Rylands, on behalf of the John Rylands Library, in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford.
Bibliographical description based on an index created by Reza Navabpour circa 1993. Identification of provenance based on manuscript catalogue by Michael Kerney, circa 1890s. Revised and expanded by James White with reference to the manuscript 2017.
Funding of Cataloguing
Iran Heritage Foundation and The John Rylands Research Institute
The Soudavar Foundation