Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1375A (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Poetry and prose of ‘Ali, 3 items (a-c)


Summary of Contents: Compendious collection or kullīyāt of poetic compositions in varied forms and genres by the physician, historian, litterateur, prose stylist, and poet, Mīrzā Nūr al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Ḥakīm Fatḥ al-Dīn Shīrāzī entitled Niʿmat Khān, Muqarrab Khān, and Dānishmand Khān, takhalluṣ ʿĀlī (d. 1121/1710), who worked under the patronage of the Timurid (Mughal) Emperors Shāh Jahān I, ʿĀlamgīr I, and Bahādur Shāh I. Volume not dated; datable to the late seventeenth century. Neat miniscule nastaʿlīq and naskh for Arabic quotations. Occasional corrections and marginal annotations preserved in margins. Original folios cut out and remounted with new borders with red and blue ruled frames, wormholes; folios mostly unbound, cropped. Intermittent foliation in pencil. Later binding of reddish brown leather, damaged; labels. Condition fragile.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

1. ff. 1v-139r
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Delhi Persian 1375Aa.

Untitled collection of lyrics or ghazalīyāt, in alphabetic order, by the poet ʿĀlī (d. 1121/1710).

Not dated at end.

Author: ʿĀlī عالى
2. ff. 140v-149v
Author: ʿĀlī عالى

Delhi Persian 1375Ab.

Preface or dībāchah in refined prose and poetry setting out elements of the author’s biography and explaining the motivation for selecting the takhalluṣ by the poet ʿĀlī (d. 1121/1710), then awarded the title Niʿmat Khān by the Timurid (Mughal) Emperor Shāh Jahān I.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
3. ff. 150v-182v
Author: ʿĀlī عالى

Delhi Persian 1375Ac.

Untitled collection of eulogies or qaṣāʾid, themed compositions in the forms of muqaṭṭaʿāt or mas̲navīyāt, riddles or muʿammayāt, quatrains or rubāʿīyāt, occultist perorations or laghzīyāt, and tāʾrīkh or chronogrammatic compositions, with rubrication, by the poet ʿĀlī (d. 1121/1710).

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 182 ff. (+6)
Dimensions (leaf): 239 × 163 mm.



Origin: 1690 - 1720 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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