Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4070 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Ni'mat Khan 'Ali, 5 works in poetry and prose


Summary of Contents: Collection of poetic and prose works by the poet Niʿmat Khān "ʿĀlī", in neat, nastaʿlīq-i khafī on pale ḥināʾī or pink burnished Oriental paper, with original colour and cold rulings; illuminated sarlawḥ and ʿunāvīn added later in poor style.
1. ff. 1-13

Autobiographical preface or dībāchah by the poet ʿĀlī introducing the collection of his poetical works, with a lengthy explanation for his poetic pseudonym and various titles and posts at the Timurid or Mughal court of Emperor ʿĀlamgīr I

Faded ʿunvān at beginning

Language(s): Persian
2. ff. 14-135r
Title: Dīvān
Title: ديوان

Collection of poems in varied forms and genres by the poet ʿĀlī

ʿUnvān at beginning

Language(s): Persian

3. ff. 135v-242r

Untitled lengthy mas̲navī by the poet ʿĀlī on sufi themes, containing a number of edifying anecdotes

ʿUnvān at beginning

Language(s): Persian
4. ff. 242v-263r

Brief mas̲navī by the poet ʿĀlī on sufi allegorical themes, based on the Avadhi Mrigavati tradition

ʿUnvān at beginning

Language(s): Persian

5. ff. 263r-316

Detailed account in refined prose and poetry in an ironic tone by the poet ʿĀlī of the siege and conquest of the capital of the Quṭbshāhī Deccan kingdom, Hydrabad, by the forces of the Timurid or Mughal Emperor ʿĀlamgīr I, in 1097/1686

ʿUnvān at beginning

Defective at end

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 316 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 248 × 203 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 18th century CE ; India

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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/18_f058r


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