Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1441A (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous works on Euclidian geometry, 4 items (a-d)


Summary of Contents: Miscellaneous collection of works on Euclidian geometry written by Imām al-Dīn Riyāz̤ī ibn Luṭf Allāh Muhandis Dihlavī Darbī. Several inscriptions suggest these are the author’s autograph, but this claim might be doubtful due to the erratic nature of the hand and copious corrections in margins. Volume not dated; items a and c dated separately (1130-2/1718-20). Rough naskh. Pencil foliation. Lacking original binding. Paper dust wrapper. Folios mostly unbound; cropped, stains, wormholes, later repairs. Condition fragile.

Language(s): Arabic and Persian

1. ff. 1v-23v
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Delhi Persian 1441A(a), ff. 1v-23v.

Persian translation by Imām al-Dīn Riyāz̤ī ibn Luṭf Allāh Muhandis Dihlavī Darbīof an earlier Arabic compendium on Euclid, the Ashkāl al-taʾsīsby Shams al-Dīn Samarqandī.

The work was completed in 1111/1699-1700 with the intention of being presented as a gift in the majlis or gathering of the noble, Muḥammad Yār Khān.

The work comprises a muqaddimah and thirty-five diagrams.

Dated colophon (f. 23v): completed 1130/1718.

Multiple diagrams in the main text and dense annotations in margins.

2. ff. 23v-24r

Delhi Persian 1441A(b), ff. 23v-24r.

Untitled and incomplete excerpt from an Arabic treatise on the geometry of reflected figures, by an unnamed author.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Arabic
3. ff. 24v-36v

Delhi Persian 1441A(c), ff. 24v-36v .

Arabic treatise on optical reality, illusions, perspective and reflections, by Imām al-Dīn Riyāz̤ī ibn Luṭf Allāh Muhandis Dihlavī Darbī.

Dated colophon (f. 36v): completed 1132/1720.

Dense annotations.

Diagrams; several spaces left blank.

Language(s): Arabic
4. ff. 37v-38v

Delhi Persian 1441A(d), ff. 37v-38v.

Untitled selection of Urdu ghazals by unidentified poets.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Urdu

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 38 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 214 × 160 mm.



Origin: 1130-1132 (1718 - 1720) AH ; 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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