Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3966 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Majmaʿ al-ṣanāʾiʿ & Yad-i bayz̤ā


Collection of biographies of poets and poetic techniques

1. ff. 1-110

Treatise on forms and devices of Persian poetry, with examples from the works of important or popular poets

Good nastaʿlīq hand

Signed and dated: Damdārīdās (superscript note: Kamal Sen), 22 Rabīʿ I regnal year 1 of Emperor Jahāndār Shāh (=1124)/22 April 1712

Begins with the seal and inscription of the Nawab of Farrukhabad (see 'Irvine' Muʾnis al-Arvāḥ)

Language(s): Persian
2. ff. 112-263

Biographical dictionary of ancient and modern poets, completed 1148/1735-6.

Dated: 19 Rabīʿ II 1178/15 Oct. 1764

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 263 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 266 × 171 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 22 Rabīʿ I 1124-19 Rabīʿ II 1178 (1712 - 1764) AH ; India

Provenance and Acquisition


William Irvine

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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/7_f071r


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