Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 644 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: This composite manuscript, written in multiple hands, contains many extracts of verse selected from the works of medieval and early modern poets. The names of the poets are given in black ink in the top right hand corner of each page. It also contains a series of non-poetic texts, such as horoscopes on the birth of children (f. 9b ff.; n.f. ), Munājāt by ʿAbd Allāh Anṣārī (ff. 20b-24a), and a diary entry (f. 39b).
Incipit: این بیاض است
Explicit: یقین دان صاحب تاج و لوا
Language(s): Persian
Colophon: No colophon

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. ii+142+ii
Dimensions (leaf): 29.5 × 19.5 cm.
Dimensions (written):
Sized, creamy yellow paper.
Foliation: The folios are marked in Arabic numberals, but the sequence is out of order (i.e. 5, n.f., 3, 4, n.f., 9, 10, n.f., 25, etc.)


Generally in good condition. Some insect damage. Folios patched. Front cover of binding damaged.



Black ink. Nastaʿliq, shikastah. Arabic copied in naskh. Red rubrication used very rarely.


Plain red leather on pasteboard


Origin: not before 1169 AH/1755 CE (see f.9b) ; Northern India

Provenance and Acquisition

f.5a. Stamps with reversed text (mirror-writing), reading Muḥammad Muḥtadd ʿAlī. n.f. sold on the 20th Rabīʿ al-Awwal 1262 AH f.3a stamps of Sulaymān Jāh dated 1233 AH, and Muḥammad ʿAlī Shāh-i Zamān-i ʿĀlījāh. f.358a stamp of Sulaymān Jāh dated 1233 AH. f.358b stamp of Muḥammad ʿAlī Shāh-i Zamān-i ʿĀlījāh. Another, illegible stamp.

From the collection of Colonel George William Hamilton (1807-1868) who served in India from 1823 to 1867 latterly as Commissioner in Delhi. He acquired over a thousand Indian and Persian manuscripts of which 352 were selected after his death for the British Museum. The remainder were purchased in 1868 by 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, the John Rylands Research, and the Soudavar Foundation



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