Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 340 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: Sirr-i-Akbar tarjumah-i Upnakhat by Dārā Shikūh, Prince, son of Shahjahan, Emperor of India, 1615-1659

Physical Description

Form: codex
Dimensions (leaf):
Dimensions (written):



copied by Ḥāfiẓ Muḥammad ‘Azīm

  • rendered in the year 1067 AH (1657 CE) f. 2b by Dārā Shikūh f.1b, who accomplished it in the course of six months on the 26 Ramadan 1067 AH copied in Lucknow. One of the english notes f. 326a is dated 3 May 1785.



Origin: Lucknow; 1067 AH (1657 CE)

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.


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



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