Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4015 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Majma' al-nafa'is, selections


1 copy of Intikhāb-i majmaʿ al-nafāʾis by Āsā Rām

No formal title stated in the work

Selection from the larger Persian biographical dictionary of poets (with quotations of verses), the Majmaʿ al-nifāʾis of Sirāj al-Dīn ʿAlī Khān "Ārzū," apparently ordered by the Timurid or Mughal Emperor Shāh ʿĀlam in regnal year 4 (1177 / 1763), possibly while in Bengal, under the vice-regency of the Navvāb-Nāẓim Qāsim ʿAlī Khān

Consists of approximately 200 entries, mostly of poets connected with South Asia, extending from a-y: "Ījād" to "Yaktā"

Preface differs from other standard editions

The compilor or epitomaton is not mentioned. However, a note on the title page in the hand of William Irvine states, "Āsā Rām made this abridgement"

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

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 238 ff.; paginated in Persian as 480 (+1) pages
Dimensions (leaf): 165 × 257 mm.


Clear nastaʿlīq

. Scribe: Sayyid Valī Allāh the naql nivīs




Origin: 1900 CE Bhitari, Sayyidpur, Ghazipur District ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

William Irvine


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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 16_58r


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