Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1349B (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Dīvān by Khāliṣ

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Compendious dīvān containing the collected ghazalīyāt in alphabetical order, as well as fardīyāt and rubāʿīyāt, lacking rubrication, by a Safavid poet famous for imitating the style of his earlier compatriot Ṣāʾib Tabrīzī (d. 1670), Mīrzā Sayyid Ḥusayn ibn Mīrzā Bāqir Riz̤avī Mashhadī Iṣfahānī takhalluṣ Khāliṣ (d. 1122/1710). He sought the patronage of the Timurid (Mughal) Emperor ʿĀlamgīr I (d. 1707) and later Emperor Bahādur Shāh I (d. 1712) under whom he rose to the office of bakhshī and the title Imtiyāz Khān. He was assassinated in a feud with other courtiers on his way back to Iran.

Not dated at end.

Selected verses added in folios following conclusion (ff. 170v-171v), including Ṣāʾib, Ustād, Niʿmat Khān ʿĀlī, and Ḥazīn.

Rough scribal nastaʿlīq and shikastah āmīz.

Occasional annotations in margins.

Lacking original binding.

Binding damaged (combed marbled paper edged with brown leather), labelled. Folios bound; cropped, water stains.

Condition poor.

Title: Dīvān
Title: دیوان

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 172 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × 137 mm.



Origin: 1710 - 1799 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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