Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 49 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: Illustrated copy of Amir Khusrau's masnavi Duval Rani u Khizr Khan, the tragic love story of Khizr Khan and Duval Rani.
Author: unknown
Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 144 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 24.1 × 12.7 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.3 × 6.7 cm.
Foliation: Paginated in pencil



In the hand of Qutb al-Din al-kātib


Three miniatures, similar to the Qazwin style.

Illuminated heading on folio 1b.


Modern European (French?) binding of brown leather, gilt, with flap.


Origin: Rajab 989 (1581 CE) AH

Provenance and Acquisition

Colophon at the end signed by Qutb al-Din al-kātib.

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.

Manuscript description based on B.W. Robinson, Persian Paintings in the John Rylands Library: A Descriptive Catalogue (London, 1980).


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Funding of Cataloguing

Iran Heritage Foundation

The John Rylands Research Institute


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