Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1575* (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Riyāz̤ al-qavāfī by Mīrzā Muḥammad “Kāmil”

Language(s): Persian

Literary treatise on the principles and criticism of poetry and refined prose based on ancient and modern authorities, by Mīrzā Muḥammad takhalluṣ Kāmil ibn ʿInāyat Aḥmad Khān Dihlavī (fl. 1204/1789-90), commission after an audience with the Timurid (Mughal) Emperor Shāh ʿĀlam.

The work consists of a muqaddimah, five sections termed rawz̤ah, and a khātimah.

According to a note below the colophon, this manuscript was checked against the author’s autograph copy.

Dated colophon (f. 134v): completed by Chanchal Rāy of the Kāyath qawm at the request of Mīrzā ṣāḥib Z̲ū al-Fiqār Khān-jīv, Friday morning, 1219 faṣlī, 12[10] hijrī/1795.

Occasionally dense annotations in margins.

Rough nastaʿlīq, shikastah and taʿlīq by the same hand.

Lacking original covers.

Reddish brown leather binding, damaged.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 135 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 285 × 175 mm.



Origin: 1210 AH; 1795 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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