Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1376 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Poetry of Muttaqi, 4 items (a-d)


Summary of Contents: Untitled collection of poems in a range of genres and forms by a poet baring the takhalluṣ Muttaqī. Although his identity is not clear, internal references suggest he may have written his work in India, while the bibliophile and religious flavour of his poetry may be read as a studious inclination toward Sufism. Volume not dated; datable to the late eighteenth century. Nastaʿlīq and naskh for Arabic quotations. Annotations and substantial additions in margins, severely cropped. Intermittent foliation in pencil. Later leather binding with painted and tooled medallions, damaged. Folios mostly unbound; water stains; wormhole damage, paper repairs, cropped. Condition fragile.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

1. ff. 1v-88v
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Delhi Persian 1376 a.  

Untitled collection of mystical lyrics or ghazalīyāt, in alphabetic order, usually short in length, by the poet Muttaqī.  

Not dated at end.  

Gilt rulings and sarlawḥ on the opening page (f. 1v), resembling the lower edge from a floriated border, appear to have been extracted from an older illuminated calligraphic leaf.  

2. ff. 89v-119v

Delhi Persian 1376 b.

Collection of mystical quatrains or rubāʿīyāt in alphabetic order, frequently quoting verses from the Qurʾān, by the poet Muttaqī.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
3. ff. 120v-121v
Title: Mustazād

Delhi Persian 1376 c.

Collection of mustazād (augmented) compositions by the poet Muttaqī.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
4. ff. 122v-126r
Title: Laghz
Title: لغز

Delhi Persian 1376 d.

Collection of versified perorations or laghzīyāt by the poet Muttaqī.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 126 ff. (+2)
Dimensions (leaf): 222 × 130 mm.



Origin: 1750 - 1799 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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