Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1260 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Collection of poetry, 2 items (a-b)


Summary of Contents: Miscellaneous collection of poetry, comprised of items from heterogeneous sources.Volume not dated; item b dated (29 Ramaz̤ān 1189/23 November 1775). Nastaʿlīq by multiple hands. Extensive annotations and corrections in margins. Pencil and discontinuous Persian foliation. Lacks original binding. Binding damaged (combed marbled boards with brown leather); labels. Folios unbound; water stains and wormholes; cropped. Condition fragile.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

1. ff. 1r-8r
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Delhi Persian 1260a.

Untitled tarjīʿband composition by a poet who is not identified by name, takhalluṣ, or in an endorsement.

Not dated at end.

Excerpt from Sūrah-'i Fātiḥah(sūrah I) from the Qurʾān(f. 8v), in a rough naskh.

2. ff. 9r-66r

Delhi Persian 1260b.

Mystical romance set in the Panjāb, inspired by accounts of Laylá and Majnūn, composed in mas̲navī form by Muḥammad Akram Panjābī "Ghanīmat" (d. 1100/1698).

Dated colophon (f. 66r): completed by Jvālā Parsād, afternoon of Saturday, 29 Ramaz̤ān in RY 16 [of Emperor Shāh ʿĀlam] (circa 1189)/23 November 1775.

Bold and sometimes awkward nastaʿlīq in two columns, occasionally written obliquely.

Annotations (f. 66v) on the dying of hair and treatments for eyes.

Purchase note (f. 9r) by Muḥammad Karīm Allāh.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 66 ff. (+2)
Dimensions (leaf): 200 × 127 mm.



Origin: 1775 CE . ; India

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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