Delhi Persian 1575* (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)
India Office Library
1 copy of Riyāz̤ al-qavāfī by Mīrzā Muḥammad “Kāmil”
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.
Occasionally dense annotations in margins.
Rough nastaʿlīq, shikastah and taʿlīq by the same hand.
Lacking original covers.
Reddish brown leather binding, damaged.
Provenance and Acquisition
Purchased by the Government of India at sale organised by Delhi Prize Agents, 1859; administrative deposit India Office Library, 1876
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