Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 632A (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Ḥayāt al-qulūb by Muḥammad Bāqir ibn Muḥammad Taqī

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Fragment of an historical account on the Twelve Imams of the Is̲nāʾ ʿAsharī branch of Shīʿī Islam by ʿAllāmah Mīr Muḥammad Bāqir ibn Muḥammad Taqī Majlisī Iṣfahānī (d. 1111/1699).

The volume is defective at the beginning and end.

Not dated at end.

Rough shikastah āmīz by multiple hands.


Stamped foliation throughout.

Original covers lost.

Loose folded paper wrapper (watermarked: TH Saunders 1902; rampant guardant lion with sceptre in crowned oval frame, italic initials below); labelled, torn, stained.

Folios bound, but severely damaged at the extremities; creased, cropped, stained, occasional wormholes.

Condition fragile.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 521 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 270 × 155 mm.



Origin: Second half of the 18th century 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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