Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3899 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Khazin al-Shu'ara'


1 copy of Taz̲kirah-'i khāzin al-shuʿarāʾ by ʿAlī Kabīr Mīranjān Ilāhābādī

Language(s): Persian

Alternative title: Vāqiʿāt al-nādirāt

Dictionary of alphabetically-arranged biographical notices for 191 north Indian poets of Persian, by ʿAlī Kabīr al-mawʿid Mīranjān al-Ḥusaynī al-Muḥammadī al-Ḥanafī al-Naqshbandī al-Abū al-ʿAlā-yi Ilāhābādī, largely drawn from the Ilāhābād (Allahabad) region (Uttar Pradesh, India)

Separate list of headings and subheadings appended to the start (ff. i-iv)

Possibly the author's autograph copy, written for or at the behest of Sayyid Muḥammad Bashīr, called Abū al-Qāsim Muḥammad

Further described in Storey's entry in Persian Literature (vol. 1, part 2, pp. 902-3)

Physical Description

Machine-made European paper
Think black and red synthetic dye inks
Form: codex
Extent: 198 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 288 × 185 mm.


Rough and awkward nastaʿlīq; headings and koranic quotations in naskh. Basmalah in sar lawḥ above text (f. 1v) in mirrored ṭughrā design, incomplete. Scribe may be the same as the author.





Origin: Sunday night, 27 Jum. II 1271 AH; 16 March 1855 CE Patna, Bihar ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

William Irvine, purchased from C. Rustumjee (?), 30 March 1908

Sayyid Muḥammad Bashīr, called Abū al-Qāsim Muḥammad

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    902-3 (vol. 1, part 2)

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