Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1577* (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


Fragment of an untitled treatise on ethics and etiquette by an unnamed author.

Language(s): Persian, Arabic

Fragment of an untitled treatise on ethics and etiquette by an unnamed author.

Defective at the beginning, having lost at least fifty-six folios according to Persian foliation.

Dated colophon (f. 159r): completed Thursday, 17 Jumādá al-Ūlá 940/14 December 1533.

Mannered naskh combining early nastaʿlīq.

Foliated in Persian.

First and last folios cut and remounted in new margins.

Binding damaged, with only the front board, detached, still extant.

Condition fair.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 159 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 225 × 145 mm.



Origin: 17_Jumada-I_940 AH; 14 December 1533 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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