Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 965 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Ilhamat-i Qudsi


1 copy of Gulistān by ʻAbd al-Karīm Qudsī Anṣārī

Language(s): Persian

A series of edifying stories, some of mystical character, each introduced by the words سند است and ending with a moral in verse. The author appears to be ʻAbd al-Karīm Qudsī Anṣārī. Incomplete at end. 17th century.

The margins contain a numbers of different works:

ff. 1r-19r: a collection of verses existing of two short masnavis, a number of quatrains and single lines by an unamed author, possibly ʻAbd al-Karīm Anṣārī, 17th century;

ff. 27v-28v: the beginning of a commentary of the Gulistānof Saʻdīby an unnamed author, 19th century;

ff. 33v-48r: Tuḥfah-i Sulṭānīyah(تحفهٔ سلطانیه) by Ḥasan ibn Gul Muḥammad, an incomplete manual of the art of letter-writing with numerous specimens, 18th century.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 79 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 270 × 175 mm.





Half-leather red India Office binding, 9 Nov. 1912.


Origin: 17th-19th centuries 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

Record Sources

Based on description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3. Available on British Library Digitised Manuscripts, manuscript number: MSS Eur E207/11_f015r, f. 15r


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