Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1296 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous works on literature, 6 items (a-f)


Summary of Contents: Miscellaneous literary works. Volume not dated; item c dated (1118/1706). Minute scribal nastaʿlīq, neat nastaʿlīq, bold shikastah by multiple hands. Foliation in pencil. Lacking original binding. Folios mostly unbound; stains, wormholes, later repairs. Condition fragile.

Language(s): Persian

1. ff. 1v-11v
Language(s): Persian

Delhi Persian 1296 (a), ff. 1v-11v.

2. ff. 12v-14v

Delhi Persian 1296 (b), ff. 12v-14v.

Treatise in refined prose interspersed with poetry describing and defining culinary terms for the instruction of the nation or qawm, arranged into nine sections termed bāb, by the poet Busḥāq Shīrāzī (d. 827/1424).

The work was written in imitation of treatises by Saʿdī Shīrāzī and ʿUbayd Zākānī.

Not dated at end.

Minute scribal nastaʿlīq in seven columns of text arranged in alternating orientations, reverting to simple horizontal arrangement in a single column.

Language(s): Persian
Title: Nuh bāb
3. ff. 14v-17v

Delhi Persian 1296 (c), ff. 14v-17v.

Satirical mas̲navī in the metre of the Shāhnāmah on the courtly adventures of muzaʿfar or pilaf of saffron along with other articles of food in the region of Khurāsān, by the poet Busḥāq Shīrāzī (d. 827/1424).

Dated colophons (f. 17v): completed by ʿAbd al-Laṭīf, 1118/1706.

Minute scribal nastaʿlīq in four columns, reverting to text arranged in seven columns in alternating orientations.

Language(s): Persian
4. ff. 19v-26r

Delhi Persian 1296 (d), ff. 19v-26r.

Mas̲navī in praise of the delights of Kashmir and India in summer by the poet Mīr Muḥammad ʿAlī entitled Murīd Khān takhalluṣ Māhir (fl. 17th cent.).

Not dated at end.

Neat nastaʿlīq.

Language(s): Persian
Author: Māhir ماهر
5. ff. 26v-27v

Delhi Persian 1296 (e), ff. 26v-27v.

Untitled occultist treatise the subject of the ghālib and maghlūb or the victorious and the vanquished, expressed in numerological tables and spagiric medicine, by an unnamed author.

Not dated at end.

Rough naskh.

Language(s): Persian
6. ff. 28v-47r

Delhi Persian 1296 (f), ff. 28v-47r.

Selections from untitled mas̲navī compositions by the poet Ẓuhūrī Turshīzī (d. 1025/1616).

Not dated at end.

Rough shikastah āmīz in five columns of text arranged in alternating orientations.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 47 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 235 × 138 mm.



Origin: 1118 (1706 - 14 February 1724) AH ; 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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