Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

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

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

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.

Stamped foliation.

Damaged reddish brown leather binding, detached.

Folios partially bound; cropped, stains, minor wormhole damage, later repairs; large sections torn at the end.

Condition fragile.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 95 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 245 × 150 mm.



Origin: 1001 (1592 - 1593) AH ; 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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