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Country:Iran
City:Tabriz
Library:

Kitabkhanah-i Milli Collection

Contact:Khiyaban-i Hunaristan, Tabriz
Telephone:041-52109
Date of establishment:Unknown
Status:Institutional
Status Details:National library/Public
Condition of access:An admission ticket is required, which can be obtained by application.
Total number of Islamic MSS:2,600 (ca. 2,000 Persian; 10 Turkish; the rest Arabic).
Description of Collection:On the basis of a donation of some 1,500 MSS by Muḥammad Nakhjavani this collection came into existence.‎ Then his brother Ḥajj Ḥusayn Aqa Nakhjavani donated the largest part of his private collection to this library, and the holdings of kitabkhanah-i Dawlati-i Tarbiyat were also transferred to this collection.‎ The first donor was particularly inclined to collect MSS related to Persian literature, which is why a considerable number of the MSS of this collection are of Persian poetry and prose.‎ After literature, history and then other fields such as fiqh, belief, ʿirfan, medicine, philosophy, logic, astrology, ethics, etc.‎ are represented.‎
The collection possesses several rare and unique MSS.‎ A copy of Divan-i Ṣaʾib-i Tabrizi written by the famous poet Ṣaʾib is one of the unique MSS of this collection.‎
The MSS are well preserved and are in good condition.‎ The collection has been entirely catalogued.‎
Published Catalogues:5
Unpublished Catalogues:0
Published Catalogues
Total: 5

1950
Fihrist-i kitābkhānah-i Dawlatī-i Tarbiyat-i Tabrīz (Kutub-i Khaṭṭi).‎
By Muḥammad Nakhjavānī.‎
Tabrīz, 1329.‎ 319pp.‎

1965
Kitābkhānah-i Millī-i Tabrīz.‎
pp.‎ 285–232 in : 1965  Fihrist-i kitābkhānahʾhā-yi shahristānhā: Tabrīz, Kāshān, Yazd, Iṣfahān.‎By Muḥammad Taqī Dānishpazhūh,Nuskhahʾhā-yi Khaṭṭī (Nashrīyah-i Kitābkhānah-i Markazī va Markaz-i Asnād-i Dānishgāh-i Tihrān) 4, 1344, pp.‎ 283–480.‎

1966
Al-Makhṭūṭāt al-ʿArabīya fī Maktabat Tarbiyah al-ʿāmmah fī Tabrīz.‎
By Muḥammad Hādī al-Amīnī.‎
ʿĀlam al-Maktabāt, 8, pp.‎ 13–17.‎

19691975
Fihrist-i kitābkhānah-i Millī-i Tabrīz.‎
By Mīr Vadūd Sayyid Yūnisī.‎
Vol.‎ I.‎ Tabrīz: kitābkhānah-i Millī-i Tabrīz, 1348.‎ Vol.‎ II, 1350.‎ Vol.‎ Ill, 1354.‎ 3 vols.‎ 1525pp.‎

1978
Risālahʾhā-yi Fārābī dar kitābkhānah-i Dawlatī-i Tabrīz.‎
By Muḥammad Taqī Dānishpazhūh.‎
Nāmah-i Āstān-i Quds, 2, 1357, pp.‎ 75–77.‎

Union Catalogues & Surveys
Total: 40

1927
Ahamm khazāʾin kutub Īrān min qadīma wa-ḥadītha.‎
By ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz al-Jawāhirī,
Lughat al-ʿArab 5, pp.‎ 209–215.‎

1927
khazāʾin Īrān allatī unshiʾat fī awāʾil ʿạṣr al-Dawla al Qājārīya.‎
By ʿAbd al-Azīz al-Jawāhirī,
Lughat al-ʿArab 5, pp.‎ 520–528.‎

1927
Kutub fi khazāʾin Īrān.‎
By Abū ʿAbd Allāh al-Zanjānİ,
Lughat al-ʿArab 5, pp.‎ 33–35.‎

1928
Khazāʾin Zanjān fī Īrān.‎
By Abū ʿAbd Allāh al-Zanjānİ,
Lughat al-ʿArab 6, pp.‎ 92–96.‎

1928
Khurāsān wa-Khizānatuhā.‎
By Abū ʿAbd Allāh al-Zanjānİ,
Lughat al-ʿArab 6, pp.‎ 662–665 & 731–736.‎

1947
Khazāʾin al-kutub al-ʿArabīya fi 'l-Khāfiqayn.‎
By Phillip Ṭarrāzi.‎
Beirut.‎

1948
Al-makātib al-Irānīya wa-ʾl-Maktab al-Riḍawīya wa-waṣf baʿḍ kutubihā.‎
By Sulaymān Zāhir,
Revue de l'Academie Arabe à Damas = Majallat al-Majmaʿ al-ʿIlmī al-ʿArabī bi-Dimashq 23, pp.‎ 382–401.‎

1949
Nafāʾis al-makhṭūṭāt al-ʿArabī fī Mashhad.‎
By Asʿad Ṭalas,
Revue de l'Academie Arabe à Damas = Majallat al-Majmaʿ al-ʿIlmī al-ʿArabī bi-Dimashq 24, pp.‎ 90–102 & 267–278.‎

1950
Makhṭūṭāt Ibn Sīnā fī Īrān, in Muʾallafāt Ibn Sīnā,
By Ab George Shaḥāṭa Qanawātī.‎
Cairo: Dār al-Maʿārif, pp.‎ 432–434.‎

1952
Al-makhṭūṭāt al-ʿArabiya fi Īrān,
By Ḥusayn ʿAlī Maḥfūz,
Majallat Muʿallim al-Jadīd (Baghdad), 15, pp.‎ 33–39 & 311–317.‎

1954
Fihrist-i muṣannafāt-i Ibn Sīnā.‎
By Yaḥyā Maḥdavī.‎
Tehran, 1333.‎ 413 +20pp.‎

1956
Āshnāʾī bā chand nuskhah-i khaṭṭī.‎
By Mudarrisī Ṭabāṭabāʾī &Riżā Ustādī.‎
Qum, 1335.‎ 448pp.‎

1957
Nafāʾis al-makhṭūṭāt al-ʿArabīya fī Īrān,
By Ḥusayn ʿAlī Maḥfūz,
Revue de I'Institut des Manuscrits ArabesMajallat Maʿhad al-Makhṭūṭāt al-ʿArabīya 3, pp.‎ 3–78.‎

1958
Farhangnāmahʾhā-yi ʿArabī bi Fārsī.‎
By ʿAlī Naqī Munzavī.‎
Tehran, 1337.‎ 342 + 8pp.‎

1958
Kitābkhānahʾhā-yi Īrān.‎
By ʿAlī Nūrāʾī,
Majallah-i Kitābhā-yi Māh, 1337, pp.‎ 52–53.‎

1960
Muʾallafāt va Muṣannafāt-i Abū Bakr Muḥammad ibn Zakaryā- yi Rāzi.‎
By Mahmūd Najmābādi.‎
Tehran, 1339.‎ 6 +442pp.‎

 

1960
Baʿthat Maʿhad al-Makhṭūṭat ilā Īrān,
By Ṣālāḥ al-dīn al-Munajjid,
Revue de I'Institut des Manuscrits ArabesMajallat Maʿhad al-Makhṭūṭāt al-ʿArabīya 6, pp.‎ 325–332.‎

1961
Fihrist-i pārahʾī az kutub-i akhlāq va sīyāsat,
By Muḥammad Taqī Dānishpazhūh,
Nuskhahʾhā-yi Khaṭṭī (Nashrīyah-i Kitābkhānah-i Markazī va Markaz-i Asnād-i Dānishgāh-i Tihrān) 1, 1340, pp.‎ 211–227.‎

1962
Muʿarrifī-i chand nuskhah-i khaṭṭī.‎
By Muḥammad Ṣadr Hāshimī,
Nuskhahʾhā-yi Khaṭṭī (Nashrīyah-i Kitābkhānah-i Markazī va Markaz-i Asnād-i Dānishgāh-i Tihrān) 2, 1341, pp.‎ 182–187.‎

1962
Kitābkhānahʾhā-yi Mashhad.‎
By Muḥammad Taqī Dānishpazhūh.‎
Rāhnimā-yi Kitāb 5, 1341, pp.‎ 991–994.‎

1962
Fihrist-i kutub-i khaṭṭī-i kitābkhānahʾhā-yi Isfahān.‎
By Sayyid Muḥammad ʿAlī Rawẕātī.‎
Isfahan, 1341.‎ 399 +8pp.‎

1962
Fihrist-i mujmalī az munshʾāt va makātīb va tarassulāt-i Fārsī.‎
By Mahdī Bayāni,
Nuskhahʾhā-yi Khaṭṭī (Nashrīyah-i Kitābkhānah-i Markazī va Markaz-i Asnād-i Dānishgāh-i Tihrān) 2, 1341, pp.‎ 43–49.‎

1964
Kitābshināsī-i Firaq va Adīyān.‎
By MuḤammad Taqī Dānishpazhūh.‎
Farhang-i İrān-Zamīn, 12, 1343, pp.‎ 98–121.‎

1964
Qism al-Makhṭūtāt al-Nādira.‎
By Ḥusayn ʿAlī Maḥfūz.‎
Al-Aqlām, 7, pp.‎ 135–140.‎

1965
Fihrist-i kitābkhānahʾhā-yi shahristānhā: Tabrīz, Kāshān, Yazd, Iṣfahān.‎
By Muḥammad Taqī Dānishpazhūh,
Nuskhahʾhā-yi Khaṭṭī (Nashrīyah-i Kitābkhānah-i Markazī va Markaz-i Asnād-i Dānishgāh-i Tihrān) 4, 1344, pp.‎ 283–480.‎

1966
Makhṭūtāṭ Īrān, in Makhṭūtāṭ al-musīqā al-ʿArabīya fī al-ʿālam,
By Zakariyā Yusūf.‎
Baghdad, pp.‎ 16–23.‎

19661974
Fihrist-i nuskhah'hā-yi khaṭṭī-i Fārsī.‎
By Aḥmad Munzavī.‎
Tehran: Regional Cultural Institute, 1348–1353.‎ 6 vols.‎

1967
Fihrist-i kitābkhānahʾha-yi ʿumūmi va khuṣūṣī-i Hamadān.‎
By Muḥammad Taqī Dānishpazhūh.‎
Nuskhahʾhā-yi Khaṭṭī (Nashrīyah-i Kitābkhānah-i Markazī va Markaz-i Asnād-i Dānishgāh-i Tihrān) 5, 1346, pp.‎ 326–387.‎

1967
Fihrist-i kitābkhānahʾha-yi shahr-i Qum.‎
By Muḥammad Taqī Dānishpazhūh.‎
Nuskhahʾhā-yi Khaṭṭī (Nashrīyah-i Kitābkhānah-i Markazī va Markaz-i Asnād-i Dānishgāh-i Tihrān) 5, 1346, pp.‎ 397–399.‎

1967
Fihrist-i kitābkhānahʾha-yi ʿumūmi va khuṣūṣī-i Isfahān.‎
By Muḥammad Taqī Dānishpazhūh.‎
Nuskhahʾhā-yi Khaṭṭī (Nashrīyah-i Kitābkhānah-i Markazī va Markaz-i Asnād-i Dānishgāh-i Tihrān) 5, 1346, pp.‎ 298–325.‎

1967
Fihrist-i kitābkhānahʾha-yi ʿumumi va khuṣūṣī-i shahr-i Rasht.‎
By Muḥammad Taqī Dānishpazhūh.‎
Nuskhahʾhā-yi Khaṭṭī (Nashrīyah-i Kitābkhānah-i Markazī va Markaz-i Asnād-i Dānishgāh-i Tihrān) 5, 1346, pp.‎ 388–396.‎

1967
Fihrist-i kitābkhānahʾha-yi ʿumūmi va khuṣūṣī-i Shīrāz.‎
By Muhammad Taqī Dānishpazhūh.‎
Nuskhahʾhā-yi Khaṭṭī (Nashrīyah-i Kitābkhānah-i Markazī va Markaz-i Asnād-i Dānishgāh-i Tihrān) 5, 1346, pp.‎ 205–297.‎

1967
Al-makhṭūtāṭ al-nādira fī Madīnat Mashhad.‎
By ʿAbd Allāh Fayyād.‎
In: Al-Mulḥaq al-Adabī li-Jarīdat Al-Jumhūrīya (Baghdad), Nīsān, 1967, p.‎ 2.‎

19691971
Taẕkarahʾhā-yi Fārsī.‎
By Aḥmad Gulchīn Maʿāni.‎
Vol.‎ I, Tehran, 1348, 765 + 5pp.‎ Vol.‎ II, Tehran, 1350, 1006pp.‎

1971
Notes on some public and semi-public libraries in the Near and Middle East containing Persian and other Moslem Manuscripts.‎
By Bo Utas.‎
Acta Orientalia, 33, pp.‎ 169–172.‎

1972
Fihrist-i nuskhahʾhā-yi khaṭṭī-i chahār kitābkhānah-i Mashhad.‎
By Kāzim Mudīr Shānah'chī, ʿAbd Allāh Nūrānī & Taqī Bīnish.‎
Tehran, 1351.‎ 435pp + ills.‎

 

1972
Fihrist-i nuskhahʾhā-yi khaṭṭī-i dū kitābkhānah-i Mashhad.‎
By Kāzim Mudīr Shānah'chī, ʿAbd Allāh Nūrānī & Taqī Bīnish.‎
Vol.‎ II.‎ Tehran, 1351.‎ 439–1080pp + ills.‎

1974
Fihrist-i nuskhah'hā-yi khaṭṭī-i Rasht va Hamadān.‎
By Muḥammad Rawshan, Javād Maqṣūd & Parvīz Aẕkāʾī.‎
Vol.‎ III.‎ Tehran, 1353.‎ 1084–1797pp + ills.‎

 

1974
Nuskhahʾhāʾī dar Yazd.‎
By Sayyid Aḥmad Ḥusaynī.‎
Nuskhahʾhā-yi Khaṭṭī (Nashrīyah-i Kitābkhānah-i Markazī va Markaz-i Asnād-i Dānishgāh-i Tihrān) 7, 1353, pp.‎ 703–713.‎

1975
Muʿarrifi-i nuskhahʾhā-yi mumtāz-i Hamadān.‎
By Ḥusayn Mudarrisī Ṭabāṭabāʾī.‎
In: Nukhustīn kungarah-i taḥqīqāt-i Īrānī.‎ Tehran, 1354, pp.‎ 517–526.‎

Bibliographical appendix
Total: 8

1927
Persian literature: a bio-bibliographical survey.‎
Storey, C.‎A.‎
London, 1927–.‎ 3 vols.‎, in progress.‎

1958
Kitābshināsī-i fihristhā-yi nuskhahʾhā-yi khaṭṭī-i fārsī dar kitābkhānahʾ-yi dunyā.‎ Bibliographie des catalogues des manuscrits persans
Afshār, Īraj.‎
Tehran: University of Tehran, 1958.‎ 3 + 88pp.‎

1967
Les manuscrits arabes dans le monde: une bibliographie des catalogues.‎
Huisman, A.‎J.‎W.‎
Leiden: E.‎J.‎ Brill, 1967.‎ 84pp.‎

1967
Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums.‎
Sezgin, Fuat.‎
Leiden: E.‎J.‎ Brill, 1967–.‎ 9 vols.‎, in progress.‎

1977
Fihrist-i maqālāt-i Īrānshināsī dar zabān-i ʿArabī.‎
Afshār, Īraj.‎
Tehran: Anjuman-i Kitāb, 2536/1977.‎ 96pp.‎

1982
Bibliografiya arabskikh rukopiseĭ.‎
Mikhaĭlova, LB.‎ and Khalidov, A.‎B.‎
Moscow: Nauka, 1982.‎ 302pp.‎

1984
Fahāris al-makhṭūṭāt al-ʿarabīya fī 'l-ʿālam.‎
ʿAwwād, Kurkīs.‎
Kuwait: Maʿhad al-Makhṭūṭāt al-ʿArabīya, 1984.‎

1990
Fihrist-i maqālāt-i fārsī dar zamīnah-i taḥqīqāt-i Īrānī.‎ 4.‎
Afshār, Īraj.‎
Tehran, 1369/1990.‎ 114 +697pp.‎

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