Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1078 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous works on Sufism, 3 items (a-c)


Summary of Contents: Miscellaneous collection of three works on Sufism. Volume not dated; datable to late seventeenth century. Awkward nastaʿlīq. Stamped and pencil foliation, original discontinuous Persian foliation. Annotations in margins, including collation marks. Lacking original binding. Loose folded paper wrapper (ledger, fragment of Acquittance Roll, dated 19 August 1831, Calcutta); watermarked (initials UEIC, J Whatman Balston & Co, 1828); torn, stained, and incomplete. Detached binding of blind tooled brown leather, damaged (Kaithi text exposed along inner edge of broken spine); labels. Folios mostly unbound; water and fungal stains, cropped, wormholes, later repairs. Condition fragile.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

1. ff. 1r-8v
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Delhi Persian 1078 a.

Treatise on mystical philosophy by an unnamed author.

The chronogrammatic title is mentioned in a concluding verse.

Defective at beginning (starts at folio 25, showing substantial loss).

Not dated at end; datable to the late seventeenth century.

2. ff. 9v-63r
Author: Jāmī جامی

Delhi Persian 1078 b.

Untitled Persian commentary by the celebrated mystic and poet Jāmī on the Qaṣīdah-yi mīmīyah-yi khumrīyah-yi Fāriẓīyah by the Egyptian mystical poet, Ibn Fāriẓ, that is, ʿUmar ibn ʿAlī (d. 632/1235).

The work has been endorsed by a later hand under the conventional title Lavāmiʿ, plural of lāmiʿah, the term used to introduce each new point of analysis.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
3. ff. 64r-71v

Delhi Persian 1078 c.

Ṣūfī speculative treatise, entitled Jām-i jahān numā, classifying the types and registers of creation, their corresponding phenomenological reality, and encounters with the divine. Authorship has traditionally been attributed to either Muḥammad Shīrīn Maghribī (d, 809/1406-7) or Mīr Ghiyās̲ al-Dīn Manṣūr Shīrāzī (d. 948/1541).

Defective at end.

Not dated at end.

Diagrams (ff. 65v, 68v-69r).

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 71 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 192 × 113 mm.



Origin: 1650 - 1750 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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