Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 868 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: Illustrated copy of the collected poems ('Kulliyat') of Muḥammad Ahlī of Shiraz Ghazals, Siḥr-i ḥalāl, Shamʻ va parvānah, Qaṣā‘id, Rubāʻiyyāt, Ṣāqī-nāmah, Qaṭa‘āt, Zubdat al-akhlāq, Mas̲navī, etc.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 338 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 34.9 × 22.8 cm.
Dimensions (written): 20.2 × 12.1 cm.


Additional marginal column (three sides) of 28 lines.



Double-page frontispiece within a bold illuminated border.

Illuminated headings on folios 2b, 55b, 163b, 269b, 270b, 287b, 288b, 307b and 309b.


Characteristic contemporary Shiraz-style binding. Gilt panel on each outer face with medallion, pendants and corner-pieces. Doublures have similar decoration, but are executed in gilt cut-out work on varied coloured backing. In slip case.



Provenance and Acquisition

Uninformative colophon on folio 338b.

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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