Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 15656 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Astrological treatise


1 copy of Lavā’iḥ al-qamar by Kāshifī, Ḥusayn Vāʻiẓ, d. 1504 or 5

An astrological treatise, concerning auspicious hours, days and months according to the positions of the moon by Ḥusayn Vā‘iẓ Kāshifī (d. 910/1504-5).

The present manuscript was produced during the author’s lifetime and probably in his hometown of Herat, and strengthens the case for using the alternative title of the work, Ikhtiyārāt-i nujūm.

The work contains a number of tables.

Colophon on title page, f. 1r, naming the work as Ikhtiyārāt al-nujūm and the author as Ustāz̲unā va Shaykhunā al-Ḥakīm Ḥusayn bin ‘Alī al-Bayhaqī al-Kashifī al-Haravī. Copied in Muḥarram 909/June-July 1503 by ‘Alī ibn Muḥammad al-Mashhadī al-Haravī.

Other contents: f. 1r, inscription giving the title as Ikhtiyārāt al-nujūm; later small inscription: Ikhtiyārāt-i nujūm va Risālah dar ma‘rifat-i istikhrāj-i taqvīm; ownership inscription of Aḥmad ibn Faz̤l Allāh al-Shīrāzī, 1000/1591-2.

Title supplied.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 90 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 241 × 146 mm.


Headings, tables and quotations in red.



Binding: brown leather over boards; red edging and spine.


Origin: Muḥarram 909 AH; 1503 CE ; Herat(?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Aḥmad ibn Faz̤l Allāh al-Shīrāzī, inscription dated 1000/1591-2.


Acquired from Bonhams sale 11 October 2000, Lot 62.

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.


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