Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1300 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Collection of eulogies


Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Untitled collection of the qaṣāʾid or eulogies by an unnamed poet praising, among others, the Timurid (Mughal) Emperor Akbar I (d. 1114/1605) and other members of his court.

Defective at end.

Not dated at end.

Datable to the late seventeenth century.

Original Persian foliation only.

The first folio is a later replacement.

Range of neat to rough nastaʿlīq hands on tinted papers.

Dense interlinear and marginal annotations and corrections by multiple hands. Folios unbound; excessively cropped, wormholes, later repairs.

Paper dust wrapper (EIC legal publication regulating village watchmen); partial watermarks (Britannia/Minerva in crowned oval frame; GP [1]80[2?]); torn, folded, creased, stains, wormholes; labels.

Condition fragile.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 77 ff. (+1)
Dimensions (leaf): 272 × 176 mm.



Origin: 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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