Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 475 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Letters of Va'iz Kashifi


1 copy of Ṣaḥīfah-'i shāhī by Kāshifī, Ḥusayn Vāʻiẓ, -1504 or 1505

Treatise on Timurid inshāʾ or the formal prose epistolary arts, dealing with compositional style in accordance with status, titulature, and address, generally based on the author's larger work, the Makhzan al-inshāʾ, completed in 907/1501

The work is divided into an ʿunvān, three ṣaḥīfah (ff. 3v, 88v, 103v), with each ṣaḥīfah further divided into saṭr, and concluding with a khāṭimah

Good nastaʿlīq inclining toward cursive styles in parts

Not dated

Dated seal (f. 1v): 1170/1756-7

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 126 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 296 × 190 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 18th century CE ; India

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3. Available on British Library Digitised Manuscripts, manuscript number: MSS Eur E207/26_f027r


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