Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 16270 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Ten miscellaneous texts


A collection of treatises on philosophy, Sufism, medicine, astronomy, grammar, etc.

1. f. 1v-65r.

Commentary on a metaphysical treatise, both in Arabic. This is probably Shawāriq al-ilhām, a commentary on Naṣīr al-Dīn Ṭūsī’s Tajrīd al-i‘tiqād. By ‘Abd al-Razzāq ‘Alī al-Lāhījī (d. 1072/1661), a student of Mullā Ṣadrā. See EI2 V, pp. 604-5.


Language(s): Arabic
2. ff. 66r-97v

A defence of the theological soundness of verses by the Sufi poetḤāfiẓ. By Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad ibn Salīm al-Shīrāzī. Completed 1219/1804-5.

This work is extremely rare: only one other copy is recorded in reference sources.

Manuscript dated 1228/1813.

Language(s): Persian
3. ff 98v-137v

A treatise on arithmetic, comprising 3 maqālahs.

Language(s): Persian
4. ff. 138v-152v

Part of a treatise on philosophy and aesthetics.

Copied in 1231/1815-16.

Language(s): Persian
5. ff. 152v-154v

Part (or whole) of a tract on epistemology.

Copied in 1231/1815-16.

Language(s): Persian
6. ff. 155v-168v

Mukhtaṣar dar ma‘rifat-i taqvīm, the well-known treatise on astronomy and chronology, in 3 faṣls, by Naṣīr al-Dīn Ṭūsī.

Undated; early 13th/19th century.

Language(s): Persian.
7. ff. 169v-195v

On recitation of the Qur’ān, partly in verse.

Copied in 1233/1817-18.

Language(s): Persian
8. ff. 196r-201r

Undated: 13th/19th century.

Language(s): Arabic
9. ff. 202v-213r

Tract on number tables and figures and their occult properties (khavāṣṣ).

Language(s): Persian
10. ff. 214v-240r

Collection of texts: this mainly comprises, on f. 214v-234r, Anvār-i ḥikmat, on ethics and Sufism, by Yūsufī (FNKhF II/1, pp. 1545-6); also three poems concerned with medical matters and one concerning miserliness.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Various types of paper, all tinted blue.
Extent: 240 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 172 × 105 mm.



Several hands; mainly in small nastaʻlīq of poor quality.


Gold-sprinkled endpapers.


Additions: ff. 104r, 138r, 155r, 169r.


Semi-limp boards, covered with qalamkārī blockprinted cloth.


Origin: 1800 - 1850 CE ; Iran. Early 13th/19th century.

Provenance and Acquisition


Purchased from Mr Shakri, 20/1/2006.

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.


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