Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1104C (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Rumi’s Masnavi (III-IV), 2 items (a-b)


Summary of Contents: Daftars III (item a) and IV (item b) of the allegorical Ṣūfī Mas̲navī by "Rūmī" (d. 670/1271). Volume not dated and items only partially dated; datable to early eighteenth century. Illuminated headpiece, gilt rulings only on first folio (item a only). Rough scribal nastaʿlīq tending toward shikastah āmīz. Dense and detailed annotations and corrections in margins throughout. Stamped and Persian foliation. Lacking original binding. Binding damaged, detached boards (tooled reddish brown leather exterior embellished with medallions and outer bands of oxidised silver, pinkish brown leather doublure); doublure of front cover removed, exposing inner matter (Kaithi text). Dust sheet of EIC legislation for 1820 (torn and stained), watermarked. Folios unbound; cropped, wormholes, later repairs. Condition very fragile.
1. ff. 1v-82r

Item a.

Daftar III (f. 5r) of the Mas̲navī-'i maʿnavī by "Rūmī" Mawlānā Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad Bahāʾ al-Dīn Valad Balkhī (d. 670/1271).

The work is prefixed with a substantial excerpt from the commentary by the Timurid scholar and historian, ʿAbd al-Laṭīf the munshīʾ (ff. 1v-4r), by way of introduction.

Colophon partially dated (f. 82r): completed by Khvājah Muḥammad Jān … (inserted subscript) ibn Khvājah Muḥammad Bāqir, 15 Rabīʿ al-S̲ānī.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
2. ff. 84v-137v
Author: Rūmī رومى

Item b.

Daftar IV of the Mas̲navī-'i maʿnavī by "Rūmī" Mawlānā Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad Bahāʾ al-Dīn Valad Balkhī (d. 670/1271).

Colophon partially dated (f. 137v): completed by Khvājah Muḥammad Jān, 15 Rajab (year not indicated), in Dihlī.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 138 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 305 × 215 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 18th century CE Delhi ; 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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/13_f045r


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