Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1206A (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Lata’if al-tava’if by Safi


1 copy of Rashaḥāt ʿayn al-ḥayāt by ʿAlī ibn Ḥusayn Vāʿiẓ al-Kāshifī Ṣafī

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Collection of Sufi, religious, historical and morally edifying anecdotes and tales by the Timurid litterateur and author of the Rashaḥāt ʿayn al-ḥayāt, Fakhr al-Dīn ʿAlī ibn Kamāl al-Dīn Ḥusayn al-Vāʿiẓ al-Kāshifī, known as Ṣafī (d. 939/1532).

Written after a year-long siege of Hirāt (Herat) in praise of a Naṣīr al-Dīn Ẓahīr al-Millah Shāh Muḥammad Sulṭān, and in a simple prose style with poetry for the delight of his élite and common contemporaries.

The work comprises fourteen chapters termed bāb.

Dated colophon (f. 225r): completed in the city of Kashmīr (Srinagar), 18 Rabīʿ al-S̲ānī 1141/21 November 1728.

Scribal nastaʿlīq tending to shikastah āmīz by multiple hands; irregular use of naskh for Arabic passages or rubrics.

Annotations in margins.

Stamped foliation.

Lacking original binding.

Paper dust wrapper (BEIC legal publication on Regulation II for 12 February 1819, 2 Phagun 1225 Banglah era, 2 Phagun 1226 faṣlī era, 3 Phagun 1226 Vilāyatī era, 2 Phagun 1875 samvat era, 16 Rabīʿ al-S̲ānī 1234 hijrī era); torn and stained.

Folios unbound, stains, wormholes.

Condition fragile.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 225 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 201 × 131 mm.



Origin: 18_Rabi'_al-Sani_1141 AH; 21 November 1728 CE Srīnagar, Kashmīr ; India, Srinagar, Kashmir

Provenance and Acquisition

Purchased by the Government of India at sale organised by Delhi Prize Agents, 1859; administrative deposit India Office Library, 1876


Government of India


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