Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 842 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: Renowned Safavid-era calligrapher Sulṭān Muḥammad Khandān (fl. early 16th c.) completed this copy of the Dīvān of Ḥāfiẓ (ca. 1315–1390) in Herat in 937 AH (1530 CE). This volume features most of the ghazal lyric poems set within lavishly illuminated margins, although it omits quatrains typically found in other copies.
Title: Dīvān
Title: دیوان
Colophon: Completed by Sulṭān Muḥammad Khandān in Herat in 937 AH (1530 CE).
Language(s): Persian

One of ten copies of this work held in the Rylands, for others see Persian MS 14, 34, 50, 262, 263, 288, 563, 945, 946, and 1001–1003 (3 vols).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Textblock of cross-grained, externally sized and polished, ivoury-coloured paper probably handmade in the Safavid Empire .
Dimensions (leaf): 257 × 161 mm.



Copied in clear black nasta‘līq with red subheaders by Sulṭān Muḥammad Khandān.


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Origin: Completed by Sulṭān Muḥammad Khandān in Herat; 937 AH (1530 CE).

Provenance and Acquisition

While the circumstances under which this volume arrived in Britain remain unclear, Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford (1812–1880) subsequently acquired it from an unidentified source for his Bibliotheca Lindesiana at Haigh Hall, Wigan.

Purchased by Enriqueta Rylands (1843–1908) in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford (1847–1913).

Bequeathed by Enriqueta Rylands (1843–1908) in 1908 to the John Rylands Library, Manchester.

Record Sources

Bibliographical description based on an index created by Reza Navabpour circa 1993, derived from a manuscript catalogue by Michael Kerney, circa 1890s, concisely published as Bibliotheca Lindesiana, Hand-list of Oriental Manuscripts: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, 1898.

Manuscript description by Jake Benson in 2023 .


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Funding of Cataloguing

Iran Heritage Foundation

The John Rylands Research Institute


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