Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 76A* (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous literary works, 6 items


Summary of Contents: Collection of multiple works on lexicography, isopsephy, literary style and prosody. Original nineteenth-century boards, detached from spine; fragile.
1. ff. 1v-58v

Treatise on poetic figures and techniques attributed to a certain Muḥaqqiq Ṭūsī.

Dated colophon (f. 58v): completed by Karīmbakhsh (written as unlinked initials: KRYMBKhSh) on 2 Jumādá al-S̲ānī 1245/29 November 1829.

Language(s): Persian
2. ff. 59r-60r

Brief untitled collection of Arabic and Persian murabbaʿ poems on the theme of qavāfī, some attributed to Jār Allāh ʿAllāmah.

Not dated.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
3. ff. 63v-108r

Rare treatise on the science of letters, their lexicographical and normative importance in the Persian language.

Not dated.

Transcribed in a neater nastaʿlīq hand than other tracts earlier in the same volume.

Language(s): Persian
4. ff. 111v-138v
Language(s): Persian & Arabic

Unidentified treatise commenting on the ghazals of the poet Ḥāfiẓ Shīrāzī, endorsed on the first page (f. 111r) as Sharḥ-i baʿz̤ī ashʿār-i Khvājah Ḥāfiẓ-i Shīrāzī, by Mīrzā Khayr Allāh the muhandis or engineer.

The work is without a preface or introduction, beginning with the opening line of the first ghazal addressed to the sāqī.

Not dated.

5. ff. 139v-170r
Language(s): Persian

Treatise on rhyme and prosody, endorsed on the first page (f. 139r) as Vāfiyah fī fann al-ʿurūz̤ va al-qāfiyah, which differs from the title stated in the author’s khātimah (f. 170r).

Not dated

6. ff. 170v-184v
Language(s): Persian

Treatise on innovative conceits in poetry or fann-i badīʿ.

The work is a mukhtaṣar based on the Miftāḥ of Kakkākī and Mutavval of Taftāzānī.

The work consists of a dībāchah, muqaddimah, two faṣl, and a khātimah.

Dated colophon (f. 184v): completed Tuesday, 5 Shavvāl 1245/30 March 1830.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 5184 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 297 × 180 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 2 Jumādá al-S̲ānī-5 Shavvāl 1245 (29 November 1829 - 30 March 1830) AH ; India


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