Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 15689 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts



1 copy of Miscellany

Title: Miscellany

A collection of miscellaneous works. Some are in verse, some in prose; while most are in Persian, some of the verse is in Pashto.

The contents of this collection can be summarized as follows: 1r: Persian verses; 1v-3r: the opening of a work in Persian in mixed verse and prose; 3v: a rubā‘ī (quatrain rhyming AABA) in Persian; 4r: the opening of a prose work in Arabic; 4v-8v: a poem or poems in Persian, the band (refrain) of each stanza being in Pashto; 9r-36v: the first part of a Persian commentary on the Masnavī-’i ma‘navī of Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī; 37r, 38r-40r: verses in Pashto; those on 37v are written vertically; 40v: blank but for some lines of writing that have been erased; 41r: part of a letter in Persian, not apparently related to other material in the manuscript; 41r-v: verses in Pashto.

Language(s): Persian and Pashto with some Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Cement bag endpapers.
Extent: 41 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 250 × 170 mm.







Origin: 19th-20th centuries CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition


Acquired from Bonhams sale 11 October 2000, part of Lot 128.

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.


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