Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 323 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: Manuscript containing three taz̲kiras in Persian and Urdu: Ikhlāṣ Chand's Hamīsha Bahār, Ḥazīn's Taz̲kira-yi Muʿāṣirīn, and Qā'im's Makhzan-i Nikāt.
ff. 201a - 262b

Incomplete. About three quarters of the work up to Qiyām al-Dīn ʿAlī Qā’im.

Language(s): Urdu

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. ii + 264
Dimensions (leaf): 200 × 155 mm.
Dimensions (written):


Good condition.


1 column, 13 lines per page.


Copied in black ink in a Ta’liq hand by Shaykh ʿAbd al-Karīm. Red ink used to mark names of poets and poetic forms.


Tooled and stamped red leather on pasteboard.


Origin: Hamīsha Bahār copied by Shaykh ʿAbd al-Karīm on 3rd Ṣafar 1225 AH (10 March 1810) (see f.129a).

Provenance and Acquisition

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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