Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 15920 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Lubb al-tavarikh


1 copy of Lubb al-tavārīkh by Qazvīnī, Yaḥyá ibn ʻAbd al-Laṭīf, 1481-1555

A summary account of Islamic and Iranian history down to 948/1542, dedicated to the Safavid prince Abū l-Fatḥ Bahrām Mīrzā, fourth son of Shah Ismā‘īl, by Mīr Yaḥyà ibn ‘Abd al-Laṭīf al-Qazvīnī (d. 962/1555). Comprises four sections (qism).

For this work, manuscripts and partial translations, see Storey PL I/1 pp. 111-13; more detailed is Storey/Bregel’ PL I, pp. 399-403. See also Elliot and Dowson, History of India, IV, pp. 293-7. Lubb al-tavārīkh was published at Bombay (Mumbai) in 1302/1884 and at Tehran in 1314/1936. Other BL copies: Or. 140, Add. 16707, Add. 23512, and Add. 6541 f. 9-127 (see BM I, 104-5; II, 797); I.O. Islamic 526, 1986, 3394 and (a fragment) 61 (see IO I cols. 31-2, 37).

Other contents: a small number of brief marginalia throughout: ff 68v-73v, Z̲ikr-i aḥvālāt-i Abū Naṣr-i Fārābī: notes on the philosopher al-Fārābī (4th/10th century); 73v-84v, Guftār dar ba‘żī-yi aḥvālāt-i Shaykh al-Ra’īs Abū ‘Alī-i Sīnā, nuskhha-’i ṣaḥīḥ dar dast āvardam nivishtam kih dar nazd-i ahl-i sayr makhfī namā[na]d: on the polymath Ibn Sīnā (d. 428/1037); front flyleaf, label with title, author, and number 227; several erased seal impressions on various folios, e.g. 127r.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Thin beige paper.
Extent: 214 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 180 × 115 mm.
Dimensions (written): 130 × 69 mm.


15 lines per page


Nastaʻlīq, additions in nasta‘līq with shikastah elements.


 Red headings and overlinings. Text frames: gold, red, and blue.


 Additions on the margins of ff. 68v-84v.


Origin: 18th century CE Probably 18th century. Additions dated Rabī‘ II 1302/February 1885

Provenance and Acquisition


Acquired from Bonhams sale 17 Oct 2002, pt of lot 85.

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.


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