Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 59 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Hirz-e Matin, commentary on al-Jazari’s Hisn-e Hisin


1 copy of Ḥirz-i matīn by Fakhr al-Dīn Muḥibb Allāh

Rare translation and commentary on Ibn al-Jazarī’s ʿUddat al-Ḥiṣn al-ḥaṣīn min kalām sayyid al-mursalīn, entitled Ḥirz-i matīn, by the author named in the work as Fakhr al-Dīn Muḥibb Allāh, but identified by two later owners, both relatives, as either Muḥammad Fakhr al-Dīn or Fakhr al-Dīn Muḥammad. The author claims descent from the great muḥaddis̲ of Delhi, Shaykh ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq Dihlavī, described as Fakhr al-Dīn’s master and grandfather (sayyidī va jaddī)

Dated colophon (f. 287v): 7 Ṣafar [regnal] year 3, 1132/20 December 1719

An inscription at the end (f. 287v) states that the present volume was checked against the author’s holograph

Inscriptions from two later owners: 1) gift of Shaykh ʿAbd al-Raḥīm al-Junaydī in julūsī year 11 of Emperor Muḥammad Shāh, 1141/1728-9; 2) Abū al-Ḥayāt nephew of the Shaykh al-Muḥaddis̲ [ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq] al-Dihlavī’s nephew, 14 Ṣafar 1137/2 November 1724

Rebound in IOL red half leather covers (1912); torn, wormholes; repaired with net overlay

Language(s): Persian & Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 287 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 270 × 180 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 7 Ṣafar 1132 AH; 20 December 1719 CE Delhi ; India


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