Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4420 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miftah al-nujum


1 copy of Miftāḥ al-nujūm

Anonymously written commentary on Nasir al-Din Tusi's Arabic astological and astronomical treatise, Mukhtaṣar fī maʿrifat al-taqvīm. As it comprised of 30 chapters or essays, it is also known in Persian as the Sī faṣl

The work is dedicated to Sultan Bayazid Muhammad ibn Murid Khan al-Ghazi (r. 795-805/1390-1402-3)

The present volume contains an entry dated as late as 1466 (year 1790 of the Alexandrine era)

Numerous diagrams

Defective at end

Not dated

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 156 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 210 × 152 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 16th century CE ; India or Iran

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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/24_f019r


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