Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 749 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Early Islamic and spiritual biographies


Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Substantial fragment of an untitled collection of early Islamic and spiritual biographies, by an unnamed author.

Defective at beginning and end.

Not dated at end. Datable to the late sixteenth century.

Later replacement leaves after folio 265.

Naskh throughout, except for replacement folios in nastaʿlīq.

Excessively fragile condition.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 272 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 325 × 220 mm.



Origin: 1550 - 1699 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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