Delhi Persian 525 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)
India Office Library
1 copy of a work by Murshid al-Dīn ʿAbd Allāh ibn ʿAlī al-Shīftagī al-Shīrāzī
Untitled extensive commentary by Murshid al-Dīn ʿAbd Allāh ibn ʿAlī al-Shīftagī al-Shīrāzī on the famous Persian mas̲navī on Arabic vocabulary, the Niṣāb al-ṣibyān of Abū Naṣr Muḥammad Badr al-Dīn Farāhī.
The manuscript has another feature added by a later owner, who inserted Arabic quotations on the top of every folio’s verso indicating the volume was used for istikhārat or bibliomancy.
Dated colophon (f. 95v): completed Friday… 1001/1592-3.
Neat nastaʿlīq inclining toward scribal shikastah āmīz by the end. Awkward naskh hand added by later owner.
Damaged reddish brown leather binding, detached.
Folios partially bound; cropped, stains, minor wormhole damage, later repairs; large sections torn at the end.
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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