Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 318 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: A holograph copy of the first volume of ʻAlī Ibrāhīm Khān's anthology of masnavi poetry, . Khulāṣat al-kalām.

The first half of the work from the letter الف to the first page of letter صاد.

Incipit: تعالی الله ما قصیر فهما کوتاه بیان را چه یارا که زبان حمد و ثنا متکلم بی زبان توانیم گشود
Explicit: مکین دان فیروزه آسمان
Language(s): Persian

While Bland and Elliott report ʻAlī Ibrāhīm Khān's takhalluṣ as "Khalīl", it is given here as "Khayāl".


Ethé 390
"On the earliest Persian Biography of Poets, by Muhammad Aúfi, and on some other Works of the class called Tazkirat ul Shuârá" N. Bland , Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, vol. ix 158ff. 1848

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. vii + 405 + vi
Dimensions (leaf): 450 × 240 mm.
Dimensions (written):


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.


Origin: On f. 2b it is recorded that the work was finished in Benares/Varanasi in the year 1198 AH, equal to the 27th year of the reign of Shāh ‘Ālam. 1198 AH (1784 CE)

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.

Record Sources

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.


The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader, see Becoming a Reader for details. Please contact uml.special-collections@manchester.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript.

Funding of Cataloguing

Iran Heritage Foundation and The John Rylands Research Institute

The Soudavar Foundation


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