Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Add 27261 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Contents

Summary of Contents: 23 works by 13 authors on the subjects of Persian poetry, Epic poetry, Qasidas, Muḥammad, Imams, Islamic astronomy, Euclid, Geometry, Alchemy, Islamic law, Shīʻah, Calendars, Astrolabes, Astrology Early works to 1800, Persian poetry 747-1500, Sufi poetry, Iran, Mongols History Sources, Curiosities and wonders, Islamic astrology, Masnavis, Medicine, Horses, and Sunnites
1. ff. 3-294r
Language(s): Persian
f. 3
Title: Makhzan al-asrār ( مخزن الاسرار )
f. 28
Title: Khusraw va Shīrīn ( خسرو وشيرين )
f. 90
Title: Laylá va Majnūn ( ليلى ومجنون )
f. 138
Title: Haft paykar ( هفت پيكر )
f. 190
Title: Iskandarnāmah ( اسكندر نامه )

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 868.
2. ff. 294v-301
Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 868.
3. ff. 301v-309
Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, pages 868-9.
4. ff. 309v-313

A qasīdah ingeniously contrived so as to offer examples of all the Persian metres

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 869.
5. ff. 314-340

About 200 in number

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 869.
7. ff. 343-344

Elements of geometry, consisting of a few theorems from the first book of Euclid, with diagrams

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 869.
8. ff. 344-345
Author: Unknown

An alchemical treatise, written for Sulṭan Jalāl al-Dīn Iskandar

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 870.
9. ff. 345v-348
Author: Unknown

A manual of Shīʻah law, according to Imām ʻAlī b. Mūsā al-Riz̤ā

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 870.
10. ff. 348-364

A treatise on the law of religious observances

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 870.
11. ff. 365-372
Author: Unknown

A treatise on the computation of the calendar and the use of the astrolabe, with tables of the conjunctions of the planets

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 870.
12. ff. 372v-542
Author: Unknown

An extensive treatise on astrology, in fifteen Maqālahs

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 870.
13. ff. 3-112 (margins)
Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 870.
14. ff. 111-142 (margins)
Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 870.
15. ff. 142v-287 (margins)

containing select pieces of upwards of three hundred poets, from the Hijri-qamari fifth to the ninth century, classed according to their subjects or metrical forms

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, pages 870-1.
16. ff. 294-302 (margins)
Author: Unknown

The original work was brought down to the reign of Abū Saʻīd, Ilkhān of the Mongols, fl. 1316-1335, son of Uljāytū Khudābandah, Ilkhan of Iran, ca. 1280-1316 and written by Bayḍāwī, ʻAbd Allāh ibn ʻUmar, d. 1286?

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 871.
17. ff. 302v-332 (margins)

An anonymous compilation, in twenty-eight Bābs, treating of the properties and hidden virtues of natural substances, of various magical and cabalistic operations, and of ingenious devices and recipes for purposes of utility or amusement

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 871.
18. ff. 332v-338 (margins)

A manual of astrology in mas̲navī rhyme

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 871.
19. ff. 345-396 (margins)

A manual of medicine

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 871.
20. ff. 396v-398 (margins)

Written in nine chapters (aṣl)

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 871.
21. ff. 398r-403 (margins)

Compiled by order of Sulṭan Jalāl al-Dīn Iskandar

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 871.
22. ff. 420-504 (margins)
Title: Jām-i jam
Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 871.
23. ff. 504v-539 (margins)

A theological treatise in Mas̲navī rhyme, containing an exposition of the Sunni creed, with Sufi comments and a refutation of heretical doctrines

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 871.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 546 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 18.4 × 12.7

Decoration

Ornamented ʿunwāns

Gilt headings

Illuminated borders

21 whole page miniatures

Some coloured drawings

History

Origin: From Jumāda I., 813 to Jumāda II., 814 AH

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Ch. Rieu: Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the British Museum. 3 vols, London, 1879-83

Availability

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