Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1369A (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Poetry of Ahli


1 copy of a work by Ahlī

Language(s): Persian, Arabic, Hindi

Untitled collection of poetic compositions in varied forms and genres (ghazalīyāt, muqaṭṭaʿāt, maṭlaʿīyāt, mukhammasāt, and rubāʿīyāt) by the poet, Muḥammad ibn Yūsuf ibn Shihāb Ṣūfī Shīrāzī takhalluṣ Ahlī (d. 942/1535).

The concluding area before the colophon quotes verses by Ibn Yamīn (d. 769/1368).

Colophon (f. 63v): completed by Muḥammad Amīn (not dated).

The first folio has been cut and pasted onto a replacement folio.

Tinted papers (pale orange, pale greyish blue).

Not foliated.

Lacking original binding.

Damaged soft brown leather binding (delaminating combed marbled doubleurs, revealing Kaithi text underneath), broken spine.

Folios bound; cropped, wormholes, later repairs.

Condition fragile.

Author: Ahlī اهلى

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 63 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 224 × 131 mm.



Origin: 1650 - 1750 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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