Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1238 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous works on poetry, 3 items (a-c)


Summary of Contents: Miscellaneous collection of poetic and literary works. Volume not dated; only item a dated (14 Jumādá al-Avval 1232/1 April 1817). Scribal nastaʿlīq and shikastah āmīz, by multiple hands. Limited annotations in margins. Stamped and Persian foliation. Lacking original binding. Binding damaged (light blue exterior pasteboards with brown leather edging), labelled; spine broken. Folios bound; cropped, occasional wormholes, later repairs.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

1. ff. =-=-=-=-=-
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Item a.

Semiautobiographical mas̲navī mixed with ghazal compositions on the theme of ʿishq or spiritual love, celebrating the author’s close relationship with an unnamed male companion in Ilāhābād (Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh), composed by the munshīʾ [Muḥammad] Faz̤l ʿAẓīm, who travelled from Lakhnaʾū to Dihlī, and Barīlī (Bareilly) via Khayrābād, finally settling in Ilāhābād. The author may be the same as the poet and historian writing a versified account of the British East India Company’s attack on the Jāt stronghold at Bharatpūr, entitled Vaqāʾiʿ-i jang-i Bharatpūr.

Chronogrammatic title encodes the date of completion as 1224/1809-10.

Dated colophon (f. 57v): completed at Ḥiṣār [Fīrūzah] (Hisar, Haryana), 14 Jumādá al-Avval 1232 (1 April 1817), equating to March 1817 ʿĪsavī.

Scribal nastaʿlīq and shikastah āmīz written in two columns.

Recipe for sun baked spiced tobacco (f. 1r).

2. f. 58r

Item b.

Untitled tabulated list for the rulers of Hindūstān from the period of Rājah Rāy Pithawrā (Prithviraj Chauhan, d. 1192), here dated to the hijrī year 444/1052-3.

The list of rulers is full of errors, with omissions, repetitions, and anachronisms.

The period of rule for each monarch is given in raqm reckoning below each entry.

Not dated at end. Datable to the period of the Timurid or Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar Shāh II, described as ‘mawjūd’.

Four unattributed Persian and Urdu bayt transcribe obliquely along the inner (right) margin.

Scribal shikastah āmīz.

Language(s): Persian, Arabic and Urdu
3. ff. 58v-64v

Item c.

Fragment from an untitled collection of correspondence in inshāʾ or refined prose.

Defective at end.

Not dated at end.

Scribal nastaʿlīq and shikastah āmīz written at alternating horizontal and oblique angles by multiple hands.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 64 ff. (+5)
Dimensions (leaf): 214 × 157 mm.



Origin: 1 April 1817 AH . Hisar Firoza ; India, Hisar, Haryana

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


Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card for admissions procedures contact British Library, Registering for a Reader Pass. Contact apac-enquiries@bl.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript. For information on catalogues and ordering manuscripts see Finding and ordering Persian manuscripts in the British Library.

Funding of Cataloguing



Comment on this record

Please fill out your details.

How are we using your feedback? See our privacy policy.

See the Availability section of this record for information on viewing the item in a reading room.