Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3969 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Tuhfat al-sibyan


1 copy of Tuḥfat al-ṣibyān by Ranchhūr Dās valad-i Ranjīt Rāy Kāyath Jīvanpūrī

Collection of official letters relevant to Timurid or Mughal court politics and courtiers, compiled after 1145/1732-3, at the request of author's son, Rādhā Kishan ibn Ranchhūr Dās (Ranchhor Das)

Work divided into 2 faṣls: 1) letters written by authors on behalf of patron; 2) author's personal letters

Author also wrote a treatise on rhetoric, the Daqāʾiq al-inshāʾ

Although Storey reads the author's nisbah as deriving from Jawnpūr, it is possible to read the loconym as Jīvanpūr (located north east of Ahmedabad, Gujerat, India)

Language(s): Persian

Transcribed by order of G. J. Nicholls, Judge at Farrukhabad, from a manuscript obtained from Agra

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 60 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 142 × 239 mm.


Some folios overlaid with gauze


Good, clear nastaʿlīq; rubrics in naskh. Scribe: Gangā Rām


Interlinear and marginal annotations by later owners



Seal of Timurid prince


Origin: 22 Z̲ū al-ḥijjah 1214, regnal year 43 of Shāh ʿĀlam Pādshāh AH; 1800 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

William Irvine

ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz


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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/9 9_52r


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