Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1450 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous works on astrology, 2 items (a-b)


Summary of Contents: Miscellaneous collection of works on astrology, assembled from two separate fragments of heterogeneous date and origins. Volume not dated; item b dated (17 Rabīʿ al-Ākhirah (sic) 1118/29 July 1706, at Ahmadnagar). Scribal to calligraphic nastaʿlīq, by multiple hands. Annotations and scribal notes for rubrication (cropped) in margins. Pencil foliation. Lacking original binding. Folios mostly unbound; cropped, stains, wormholes, later repairs. Condition fragile.

Language(s): Persian, Arabic

1. ff. 1v-107v
Language(s): Persian, Arabic

Delhi Persian 1450(a), ff. 1v-107v.

Substantial fragment of the untitled Persian abridged translation and commentary by Niẓām al-Dīn ʿAbd al-ʿAlī ibn Muḥammad ibn Ḥusayn al-Birjandī (d. 932/1528) on the treatise on the science of astrolabes entitled Bīst bāb-i maʿrifat-i aʿmāl-i uṣṭurlāb by the polymath Naṣīr al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad ibn Ḥasan Ṭūsī (d. 672/1274).

The work comprises, as suggested by the title, twenty chapters termed bāb following a brief introduction.

Not dated at end. Datable to the early seventeenth century.

Cramped scribal nastaʿlīq tending to shikastah in later portions, partial diacritics.

Corrections and annotations in margins.

Spaces for diagrams left blank.

No rubrication.

2. ff. 108r-155v

Delhi Persian 1450(b), ff. 108r-155v.

Fragment of an unidentified astrological treatise, beginning toward the end of the forty-third chapter and extending to the hundredth chapter, setting out in detail a particular astral calculations.

Dated colophon (f. 155v): completed by Fayz̤ Allāh while the imperial entourage was encamped at Aḥmadnagar, 17 Rabīʿ al-Ākhirah (sic) in RY 50 of Emperor ʿĀlamgīr I equating to 1118/29 July 1706.

Calligraphic nastaʿlīq; rubrication.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 155 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 171 × 113 mm.



Origin: 1600 - 29 July 1706 CE ; India, Ahmadnagar

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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