Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1372 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Poetry of Fayzi Fayyazi, 4 items (a-d)


Summary of Contents: Collection of poetic compositions in varied forms and genres by the polymath translator, philosopher, Sufi, and poet, Shaykh Abū al-Fayz̤ ibn Shaykh Mubārak Nāgawrī, takhalluṣ Fayz̤ī and Fayyāz̤ī (d. 1004/1595), who was made poet laureate or malik al-shuʿarāʾ in 997/1589 at the court of the Timurid (Mughal) Emperor Akbar I (d. 1014/1605). The colophon to item d refers to the volume as a kullīyāt, however it is not the formal title as the volume is far from comprehensive, lacking the prose works, collection of refined correspondence, and the lengthier poetic compositions making up the poet’s incomplete Khamsah. Volume not dated; items a and d dated (28 November 1829-15 January 1840). Awkward but clear nastaʿlīq. Red and blue jadval rulings. Rudimentary sarlawḥ on folios 1v and 123r. Limited annotations and corrections in margins. Intermittent pencil and regular Persian foliation. Lacking original binding. Detached binding damaged (deep reddish brown leather exterior, pasteboards exposed without doubleurs), labelled. Folios mostly bound, occasional loose leaves; cropped, water stains, limited wormholes, curling edges. Condition poor.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

1. ff. 1v-121v
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Delhi Persian 1372a.

Untitled collection of Persian and Arabic eulogies or qaṣāʾid, with rubrics, by the poet Fayz̤ī (d. 1004/1595).

The work commences with the poet’s own biographical preface in refined prose.

Dated colophon (f. 121v): completed morning of 28 Navambar (November) 1829 ʿĪsavī.

2. ff. 123r-333v

Delhi Persian 1372b.

Untitled collection of Persian and Arabic lyrics or ghazalīyāt in alphabetic order by the poet Fayz̤ī (d. 1004/1595).

Colophon (f. 333v): completed Thursday afternoon (date omitted).

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
3. ff. 335r-382r

Delhi Persian 1372c.

Untitled collection of Persian and Arabic quatrains or rubāʿīyāt by the poet Fayz̤ī (d. 1004/1595).

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
4. ff. 383r-400r

Delhi Persian 1372d.

Untitled collection of Persian and Arabic muqaṭṭaʿāt and tāʾrīkh or chronogrammatic compositions by the poet Fayz̤ī (d. 1004/1595).

Dated colophon (f. 400r): completed Thursday, 15 Janvarī (January) 1840 ʿĪsavī.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 400 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 206 × 150 mm.



Origin: 28 November 1829 - 15 January 1840 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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