Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Ellis Persian 33 (A) (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Sharh-i Diwan-i Hafiz

Bound before this work is a fragment (8 folios) of a similar work, but in a different format (18 lines to the page). The first page of this is probably itself a replacement perhaps by the scribe of the longer text. In its introduction the current date is given as A.H. 1077. A work of commentary on problems in Hafiz, the Risalah-i Ajwibah of 'Abd al-Wahid Bilgrami is mentioned unfavourably so he cannot be the author. F1a and preceding folio bear a number of poems etc. F1b: Several partly effaced seal impressions, mostly or wholly of ... Qasim Husaini. Secondary title-page: Signature of Ellis dated 18.3.09. Final folio of 33 (b), in Ellis's hand: Luzac (Sotheby - Alexander) A commentary on the poetry of Hafiz explaining it in the mystical sense. A secondary title-page written in A.H. 1256 by Mirza Husain 'Ali Harawi for Anderson Sahib Bahadur is now loose. On the verso it has a description of both, in fact all three, parts of the MS Author: aThe secondary title-page says Maulana Hilali, and the word Hilali, possibly a name, appears in a verse at the end of the text. The work has no introduction. Scribe is described as Yar Muhammad the traveller, from Kurduh Atak? in Benares. Red ruled margins. Some punctuation in red.

Incipit: Rabbana anzil 'alaina ma'idatan min al-sama'
Language(s): Persian.


None found.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios
Dimensions (leaf): 8.5 × 5.75 in.


28-30 lines to the page


Nasta'liq. Yar Muhammad


Brown half-leather and marbled paper binding with tooled title etc on spine.


Origin: According to the colophon in the Luharimandi quarter of Lahore in the mosque of the area of the vegetable sellers. Sunday 27 Dhu al-Hijja A.H. 1143, when Khan Bahadur was Subadar.


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