Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1553* (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Javāhir al-ʿulūm-i Humāyūnī by Muḥammad Fāz̤il ibn ʿAlī ibn Muḥammad al-Miskīnī al-Qāz̤ī al-Samarqandī

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Incomplete fragment of the Persian translation from the original Arabic encyclopaedic treatise on one hundred and twenty sciences translated for the benefit of commoners and the élite by the author, Muḥammad Fāz̤il ibn ʿAlī ibn Muḥammad al-Miskīnī al-Qāz̤ī al-Samarqandī.

The work is dedicated to the Timurid (Mughal) Emperor Humāyūn.

The treatise is divided into introduction, three discourses or maqālah, and conclusion.

Not dated at end. Datable to the mid sixteenth century.

Elegant rounded naskh throughout.

Annotations and corrections.

Partially foliated in pencil.

Folios unbound and potentially disordered; wormholes, creased, stained, severely cropped in places, later repairs.

Condition extremely fragile.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 656 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 300 × 198 mm.



Origin: Late 16th century; India or Iran

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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