Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1293C (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Qasa'id of 'Urfi


1 copy of a work by ʿUrfī

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Untitled collection of the qaṣāʾid or eulogies of the poet, Sayyid Jamāl al-Dīn Muḥammad Ḥusayn ibn Zayn al-Dīn ʿAlī ibn Jamāl al-Dīn Shīrāzī, with the takhalluṣ ʿUrfī (d. 999/1591), patronised at the court of the Timurid (Mughal) Emperor Akbar I (d. 1114/1605).

Dated colophon (f. 83r): completed by Ghulām [Ḥasan] ibn Muḥammad Shafīʿ, resident from the qaṣbah Gujarāt of Shāh Dawlah, 25 Rabīʿ al-S̲ānī in RY 5 of Emperor Muḥammad Shāh (1136)/22 January 1724.

Following the colophon (ff. 83v-84v) are systematic notes on various qaṣāʾid.

Neat to rough scribal nastaʿlīq and taʿlīq on variegated tinted papers (cream, pale pink, pale orange, pale bluish green, pale grey).

Dense interlinear and marginal annotations and corrections by multiple hands.

Folios unbound.

Paper dust wrapper (BEIC legal publication, Regulation XX of 1817); partial watermark (Britannia/Minerva in crowned oval frame); torn, folded, creased, stains; labels.

Condition fragile.

Author: ʿUrfī عرفی

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 84 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 229 × 136 mm.



Origin: 25_Rabi'-II_1136 AH; 22 January 1724 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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