Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1043A (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Commentary on books V-VI of Rumi’s Masnavi


1 copy of a work by Muḥammad ʿAbd al-ʿAlī ibn Quṭb al-Dīn

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Untitled commentary on daftar V-VI of the Mas̲navī-'i maʿnavī of Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī (d. 670/1271) by Mawlānā Muḥammad ʿAbd al-ʿAlī Ṣāḥib ibn Quṭb al-Dīn, composed circa 1700.

Dated colophon (f. 235r): completed by Jīvan Bayg ibn ʿĀshūr Bayg ibn Rashīd Bayg of the Badakhshī Mughul qawm, 20 Jumādá I 1252/2 September 1836, Christian Era stated as 1837, in the reign of Emperor Akbar [II].

Rough nastaʿlīq on burnished English (?) laid paper with manufacturer’s watermarks (seated Britannia or Minerva in a crowned circular frame; J Keys Co. 1828).

Occasional annotations and corrections in margins.

Stamped and Persian foliation.

Lacking original binding. Current decaying leather binding postdates 1862 (watermarked interleaf: S Dawton & Son 1862); end board detached.

Folios bound; damp and fungal damage; ink smudged or transferred in parts.

Condition fragile.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 235 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 310 × 196 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 20 Jumādá I 1252 AH; 2 September 1836 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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/12_f079r


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