Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Add. 7735 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts


1 copy of Manṭiq al-ṭayr by 2 authors

According to a note written on the first folio, the manuscript is dated 1117

Language(s): Persian


For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 577-8.
For a more detailed description see Titley 1977, page 35.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 208 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.1 × 15.9



Persian nastaʿlīq


One ʿunwān

Gold-ruled margins

9 miniatures

The darvīsh kneeling before the princess he loved.

The hoopoe and the peacock.

Shaikh Ṣan'ān gazing at the Greek Christian maiden asleep on her balcony.

Sultan Maḥmūd helping a boy to catch fish (discoloured).

Jibrāīl, having been sent by God to seek a follower of God in Christian monastery, sees a man kneeling before a golden idol.

The story of the two foxes. A prince hunting with falcon and cheetah.

The sage telling the king about the crevice in a wall of a palace through which 'Izrā'īl, the Angel of Death, could enter.

Sultan Maḥmūd and Ayāz on their way to play polo waylaid by a darvīsh who was infatuated with Ayāz.

The prince waylaid by a darvīsh who was so infuriated that he died.


Gold-sprinkled paper


Bound in stamped leather


Origin: 16th century CE

Provenance and Acquisition

This manuscript had been the property of Allāh Verdī Khān, the late Beglerbegī of Shīrvān

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Ch. Rieu: Catalogue of the Persian Manuscripts in the British Museum. London, 1879-1883


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