Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 554F (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Miftāḥ al-khazāʾin by Jay Rām

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

The fourth volume (rāʾ to sīn) of a Persian dictionary of Persian based on the authority of copious literary citations, written by 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 defective at the beginning and end.

Not dated at end.

Tight miniscule nastaʿlīq.

Copious annotations by multiple hands in margins.

Stamped foliation and separately foliated earlier in Persian numerals.

Original covers lost.

Binding of deep brown ink-spattered leather, damaged (delaminating, wormholes); labels.

Folios mostly unbound; cropped, water stains, smudging, wormholes, later repairs.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 334 ff. (+4)
Dimensions (leaf): 325 × 128 mm.



Origin: mid-19th century; India, Shāhjahānābād (Delhi)

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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