Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1406A (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Commentary on Hafiz


Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Imperfect and badly preserved copy of an untitled commentary by an unnamed author explaining the lyrics or ghazalīyāt of Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad Shīrāzī takhalluṣ Ḥāfiẓ (d. 792/1390).

The work lacks an introduction.

The work is defective, and breaks off towards the end of ghazals terminating in dāl.

Not dated at end; datable to the eighteenth century.

Minutely written scribal nastaʿlīq, occasionally tending towards shikastah āmīz, by multiple hands.

Lacking original binding. Front board of detached binding (combed marbled paper over pasteboard with brown leather trim), damaged; labels.

Paper dust wrapper (BEIC legal publication on Regulation XV of 1844, published Calcutta 1844, Bengal Military Orphan Press, by G. H. Huttmann); watermarked (lion rampant guardant holding sceptre in crowned oval frame; not dated); label, torn and stained.

Folios unbound; cropped, water and fungal stains, wormholes, later repairs.

Condition fragile.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 120 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 231 × 135 mm.



Origin: 18th century; 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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