Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 15600 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

On the occult science of letters and talismans


1 copy of Tarjumah-'i Latā’if al-ishārāt fī asrār al-ḥurūf al-‘Arabīyah

A manual of the occult science of letters, the making of talismans and spells, and the arcane properties of Koranic verses, translated anonymously from the Laṭā’if al-ishārāt fī asrār al-ḥurūf al-‘Arabīyah, a treatise in Arabic by Aḥmad ibn ‘Alī al-Būnī (d. 622/1225).

Title supplied.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Thick off-white laid paper
Extent: 116 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 201 × 154 mm.


Good clear naskhī. Scribe: Muḥammad Rafī‘


Diagram lines, overlining and headings in red. Text frames, in red, f. 1r-16v only.



BL binding; old binding, red morocco with three impressed medallions back and front, with green paper over the covers; the upper and lower medallions contain letters which may be part of a person's name.


Origin: 11 Ramaz̤ān 969 AH; 15 May 1562 CE ; Transoxiana or Afghanistan(?)

Provenance and Acquisition


Acquired from Bonhams sale 13 April 2000, Lot 534

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.


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