Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 907 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Nikāt-i maʿrifat by Vāris̲ al-Dīn Shāhjahānābādī Zimurrad Raqm

Language(s): Persian

Treatise compiling advice on mysticism, anecdotes on Sufis from various traditions current in India, their genealogies and circumstances, written by the master calligrapher proficient in seven major scripts or haft qalam, Vāris̲ al-Dīn Shāhjahānābādī entitled Zimurrad Raqm, written for the pleasure and edification of the people of leisure and taste, in RY 29 of the Emperor Shāh ʿĀlam, 1203/1788-9.

Not dated at end.

Neat nastaʿlīq.

Occasional corrections in margins.

Stamped foliation.

Binding damaged (combed marble paper with brown leather edging over pasteboards), labels.

Folios mostly bound, gathering detached from covers; cropped, wormholes along the lower edge.

Condition fragile.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 84 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 207 × 145 mm.



Origin: 1788 - 1799 CE ; India, Delhi

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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