Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 78* (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous works on Sufism, 5 items (a-e)


Summary of Contents: Collection of miscellaneous works on Sufism, occult sciences, and anatomy. Volume not dated; datable to early eighteenth century. Scribal shikastah āmīz, occasionally tending to taʿlīq, by multiple hands. Annotations in margins. Persian foliation and separate intermittent modern foliation in pencil. Lacking original binding. Paper dust wrapper (itinerary of travels in Bengal, dates ranging 23 January 1838-30 January 1839); labels, torn and stained. Folios mostly bound; cropped, stains, wormholes.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

1. ff. 1r-48r
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Delhi Persian 78* a.

Treatise on astrology, the occult sciences, and demonology ascribed in the fragmentary preface to Aristotle or Arisṭāṭālīs.

The work is defective at the beginning.

Not dated at end.

2. ff. 48v-54r

Delhi Persian 78* b.

Mas̲navī in praise of the human (male) body analysed through its anatomical parts, written for the instruction of kings and their counsellors, by an unidentified poet.

Verses are arranged in sections dealing with the head, forehead, nape, brow, eyes, mouth, tongue, palate, teeth, shoulders, arms, forearms, hands, palms, fingers of the right and left hands, nails, armpits, shoulder blades, back, lower back, chest, heart, navel, stomach, penis, testicles, buttocks, anus, thighs, lap, shanks, ankle, heel, instep, top of the foot; sole, toes and nails.

Occasional gaps in the text indicate lacunae in the original textual source.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
3. ff. 54r-56v

Delhi Persian 78* c.

Brief extract from an untitled collection of anecdotes and reminiscences on early Islamic scholars and Sufis, by an unidentified writer.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
4. ff. 57r-59r

Delhi Persian 78* d.

Treatise on the miracles of the Prophet Yūsuf or Joseph on the interpretation of dreams, as well as other prophets and scholars, by an unnamed author.

The work is organised into twelve chapters or bāb, of which this copy only reproduces a fraction.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
5. ff. 59r-60v

Delhi Persian 78* e.

Fragment from a collection of mujarrabāt or prescriptions relating to the treatment of horses, by an unnamed author.

The work uses a number of terms derived from Hindi or Sanskrit, also reflected in the orthography.

Defective at end.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian, Arabic and Urdu

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 60 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 219 × 107 mm.



Origin: 1700 - 1750 CE ; 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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