Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 872 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Hidāyat al-iksīr by ʿAbd al-Hādī ibn ʿAbd al-Ḥafīẓ

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Compendious treatise on the knowledge of the ancients, covering alchemy and elixirs, as well as early Arabic eulogies, by ʿAbd al-Hādī ibn ʿAbd al-Ḥafīẓ of Muṣṭafá'ābād (present Rāmpūr, UP), in the sarkār of Sihrind (Sirhind), who wrote the work in 1178/1764-5 to inform his contemporaries.

Not dated at end.

Heavily annotated in parts.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 52 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 170 × 110 mm.



Origin: c. 1765 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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