Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 882 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Two works by two authors on the subject of Elephants

1. ff. 1b-9a
Author: Unknown
Incipit: کرسینامه مهاوتگری از سید احمد کبیر است
Explicit: تمام شد کرسینامه
Language(s): Persian
Colophon: f.9a

A series of questions and answers on the origins of the elephant and the first mahouts

2. ff. 9b-64b
Author: Unknown
Incipit: بدانکه نسخۀ سوانحات افیال که از جد بزرگوار واستادان رسیده بقلم آمده
Explicit: تمت الكتاب فيلنامه بالخير قلمى شد

A prose manual on elephant husbandry. This is not the better-known masnavī by Rāhī

3. ff. 64b-66a
Author: Unknown
Title: No title
Incipit: انگبین شهد
Explicit: تمت الكتاب

A multilingual list of nouns - perhaps names of famous elephants.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Cream-coloured wove paper. Chain lines 1mm apart.
Extent: ff. 66
Dimensions (leaf): 22.2 × 15 cm.
Dimensions (written):


In good condition.



Black ink, nastaliq. Rubrication in red.


Frequent half-page paintings. The compositions are simple and monscenic, usually depicting one or two humans and an elephant.


Leather on pasteboard.



Provenance and Acquisition

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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