Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1534 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous works on Urdu language, 3 items (a-c)


Summary of Contents: Miscellaneous collection of Persian treatises on Urdu lexicography and grammar, comprised of three heterogeneous fragments from at least two separate sources. Volume not dated; item c dated (9 Rabīʿ al-S̲ānī 1151/27 July 1738) separately. Scribal nastaʿlīq and shikastah āmīz tending toward ‘Indian’ taʿlīq, by multiple hands. Annotations by multiple hands. Partial foliation in pencil. Lacking original binding. Binding damaged (combed marble paper with brown leather edging over delaminating and crumbling pasteboards; printed cotton along spine), labels. Folios bound; cropped, wormholes, later repairs. Condition fragile.

Language(s): Persian and Urdu

1. ff. 1v-89v
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Delhi Persian 1534 a.

Untitled Persian grammar, endorsed by later hands as Zāʾid al-favāʾid, by Muḥammad Munīr Khān, entitled Navvāb Munīr Khān entitled Aʿẓam al-Dawlah Muʿīn al-Mulk Qasvarjang, author of the Urdu treatise commenting on the Mas̲navī-'i maʿnavī of Rūmī Balkhī (see BL Delhi Persian 1016 a).

The treatise was dedicated to Emperor Akbar Shāh II on completion in 1221/1806.

The work comprises an introduction, five discourses, and a conclusion.

Not dated at end.

2. ff. 90r-104v

Delhi Persian 1534 b.

Untitled fragment from the famous glossary of Rekhtah (early Urdu), properly entitled Navādir al-alfāẓ, by the great philologist, poet and prose stylist, Sirāj al-Dīn ʿAlī Khān “Ārzū” (d. 1169/1756).

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Urdu and Persian
3. ff. 105r-175v

Delhi Persian 1534 c.

Untitled fragment from the glossary of Rekhtah (early Urdu) by ʿAbd al-Vāsiʿ Hānsavī, conventionally entitled Gharāʾib al-lughāt, comprising entries from bāʾ-hāʾ.

Dated colophon (f. 175v): completed by Rām Rāy (in red ink) from the collectaneous copy [in the possession] of Tīkchand (Tekchand) Dār (?), at Shāhjahānābād, 9 Rabīʿ al-S̲ānī RY 19 of Emperor Muḥammad Shāh (1151)/27 July 1738.

Scribal ‘Indian’ taʿlīq on tinted papers.

Annotations in margins, cropped.

Language(s): Urdu and Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 175 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 225 × 135 mm.



Origin: 9_Rabi'-II_1151 (27 July 1738 - 1810) AH Shāhjahānābād ; India, Delhi

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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