Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1035 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Treatise on Sufism


1 copy of Zubdat al-sulūk tuḥfatan lil-mulūk min al-ṣuʿlūk

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Treatise epitomising Sufi principles, with copious Arabic quotations, by an unnamed author.

Not dated at end.

Elegant, if not quite calligraphic, shikastah āmīz throughout.

Annotations in margins.

Later illumination added with yellow paint in jadval rulings and heightened with silver ornamentation on the opening folios.

Damaged brown leather binding with faded painted edges, spine missing; labels.

Additional loose folded paper wrapper (folded fragment of detached sheet from EIC legal collection, mentioning Regulation XIII of 1816 on opium), partial watermark (seated Britannia or Minerva in oval frame), creased, and stained.

Folios unbound, detached from boards; excessive wormholes, later repairs.

Condition very fragile.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 22 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 170 × 96 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 17th-18th centuries CE ; India

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3. Available on British Library Digitised Manuscripts, manuscript number: MSS Eur E207/4_f036r


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