Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4056 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Two works on narrative and occasional poetry

Contents

Collection of two works of narrative and occasional poetry on different subjects, previously believed to be one work

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex

Hand(s)

History

Origin: 1806 CE ; India

1

Contents

ff. 1v-32v

Fragment of a mas̲navī in praise of the ruler of Avadh, Vazīr al-mamālik Navvāb Āṣaf al-Dawlah, recounting his exploits and, especially, his expedition to and from Rāmpūr (Uttar Pradesh State) following Fayz̤ Allāh Khān’s killing of Muḥammad ʿAlī Khān in 1209

Āṣaf al-Dawlah is occasionally referred to as Navvāb-i Jannat Ārāmgāh, indicating the poem may have been composed after his death

William Irvine labels the work Āṣafnāmah, but this is not found in the present work

Colophon (f. 32v): completed on the road to ʿAẓīmābād (Patna, Bihar State), Thursday afternoon, 10 Shaʿbān 1221/23 October 1806

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 32 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 215 × 120 mm.

History

Origin: Thursday afternoon, 10 Shaʿbān 1221 AH; 23 October 1806 CE ; India

2

Contents

ff. 33r-37v

Collection of varied poems in qiṭʿah, mas̲navī, and tarkīb forms, including mars̲iyah, comprising selections from the work of named poets: 1) ʿAbd al-Jalīl Bilgrāmī; 2) Shāh ʿAbd Allāh; 3) Niʿmat Khān "ʿĀlī"

Considered previously to be part of the mas̲navī (part 1), but this is not the case. Part 2 is transcribed by the same hand as the first, but the forms, genres, and subjects are different

Collection ends abruptly without colophon, though datable to the same period as part 1

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 5 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 215 × 120 mm.

History

Origin: 1806 CE ; India

Additional Information

Availability

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