Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 987 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Chahār ʻunṣur by Bīdil, ʻAbd al-Qādir, 1644 or 1645-1720 or 1721

Language(s): Persian

Chahār ʻunṣur (چهار عنصر) a series of exercises in literary composition in prose and verse by ʻAbd al-Qādir Bīdil.

Poor nastaʻlīq; copyist, Najīb ʻAlī Bukhārī; 18 lines per page; black ink with rubrications; worm-eaten.

Copy incomplete. The date, regnal year 9 of Akbar Shah (1230/1815), appears at the end of the second section (f. 122r).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. ii+183+i
Dimensions (leaf): 227 × 166 mm.






Origin: early 19th century 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_f043r, f. 43r.


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