Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 712 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Translation and commentary by an unnamed author on the Nahj al-balāghah


1 copy of Nahj al-balāghah

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Fragmentary copy of an untitled translation and commentary by an unnamed author on the Nahj al-balāghahascribed to the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muḥammad, first Imām and fourth of the Righteous Caliphs, ʿAlī ibn Abū Ṭālib.

Defective at beginning and end.

Not dated at end. Datable to the early eighteenth century.

Scribal nastaʿlīq (overlined for Arabic sections) and shikastah āmīz, possibly by multiple hands.

Annotations in margins.

Loose paper wrapper (ledger, fragment of Acquittance Roll, signed I R Barwell, Esquire, Fort William, Calcutta, dated 18 July 1829); watermarked (J Whatman […]); torn, stained, and incomplete.

Poor condition.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 117 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 260 × 160 mm.



Origin: 1700 - 1749 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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