Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4050 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Three works on esoteric and occult science

Contents

Collection of three incomplete treatises on esoteric and occult science; received from Abdul Aziz 24/6/[19]10

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex

Hand(s)

History

Origin: 19th century CE ; India

a

Contents

ff. 370v-377v

Treatise on the occult interpretation of letters and words, and their status in the light of ethical and religious doctrines

Work organised into 8 bāb

Author’s name is obscure, but may be indicated on folio 372v as Fattāḥī

Incomplete, ending abruptly on f. 377v

Not dated and lacking a colophon

Identified on title page (f. 370v) as the work of Sirāj al-Dīn Yaʿqūb al-Sakkākī, possibly by William Irvine

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 7 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 240 × 160 mm.

History

Origin: 19th century CE ; India

b

Contents

ff. 378r-400v

Treatise on the occult interpretation of letters and words, with lengthy invocations to heavenly angels and daemons, as well as astrological observations and magical incantations

Begins on folio 378r as if following on from part A on folio 377v, but this is a distinctive work, different in style, content, and layout

Text ends abruptly on f. 400v

Diagrams

Annotations on folio 401 containing unrelated magical formulae

Large holes on almost every folio

Poorly preserved, with overlay of tissue and silk gauze

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 22 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 240 × 160 mm.

History

Origin: 19th century CE ; India

c

Contents

ff. 402r-409v

Treatise on the medical uses of food and drink identified in an inscription at the beginning as Tarkībāt az Kitā[b]-i ʿuqūl-i ʿashr

Partially dated 22 Jum. II 1250 faṣlī

Additional notes at end

Lower half heavily stained

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 8 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 240 × 160 mm.

History

Origin: 22 Jum. II 1250 faṣlī (1800 - 1900) AH ; India

Additional Information

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