Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3999 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Tazkirah-yi tuhfah


1 copy of Taz̲kirah-'i tuḥfah by Abū Ṭālib ibn Sayyid Muḥammad Naṣīr Khān ibn Sayyid Muḥammad Ṭāhir Ṭabāṭabāʾī Iṣfahānī

Brief, alphabetically-arranged, biographical dictionary of ancient and modern Persian poets of South Asia (mostly without quotations of poetry), dedicated to the Nāʾib-Navvāb of Avadh, Saʿādat ʿAlī Khān, and completed at Lucknow (Lakhnaʾū) in 1227/1812

Preface contains important updates and first-hand details on the poets Ḥazīn, Vālih, and Qatīl, etcetera

Autobiographical account included at end

Not dated

Language(s): Persian

Transcribed by order of G. J. Nicholls, Judge at Farrukhabad, from a manuscript obtained from AgraCopied from an original manuscript belonging to the library of

Filiation: Copied from original manuscript belonging to Qāz̤ī Bandah Ḥasan Khān, resident of Telia Nala, Benares (Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 23 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 155 × 255 mm.


Clear nastaʿlīq

. Scribe: ʿAlī Aṣghar of Bhitrī




Origin: 12 May 1897 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

William Irvine

Muḥammad ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz of Bhitrī


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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/16_f107r r


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