Delhi Persian 554C (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)
India Office Library
1 copy of Miftāḥ al-khazāʾin by Jay Rām
The second volume (pā to ḥāʾ) of a Persian dictionary of Persian based on the authority of copious literary citations, written by Jay Rām, whose lengthier name is recorded in the colophon as Jay Rām Dās ibn Lālah Mangal Sayn Khatrī ibn Rāy Harī Singh Shaykhar takhalluṣ Shūkhī (?).
The author dedicates the work to the Timurid (Mughal) ruler, Emperor Akbar Shāh II, completing it in RY 8 or 1228/1813, around the age of forty-one.
This copy is slightly defective at the beginning.
Colophon not dated (cut and remounted on f. 552r): completed at Shāhjahānābād.
Copious annotations by multiple hands in margins.
Stamped foliation and separately foliated earlier in Persian numerals.
Original covers lost.
Binding of deep brown blind tooled leather, damaged; labels.
Folios bound; cropped, water stains, smudging, wormholes, later repairs.
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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