Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 908 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Būstān by Tamīz al-Dīn ibn Muḥammad Yāvar

Language(s): Persian
Title: Būstān

Autograph copy of a lexicon or farhang and commentary or sharḥ by Mawlavī Tamīz al-Dīn ibn Muḥammad Yāvar appended in margins around the bi-columnar arrangement of the mas̲navī, the Būstān of Shaykh Saʿdī Shīrāzī.

This copy, begun in Ramaz̤ān 1238/May 1823, was intended for lithography.

Dated colophon (f. 115r): completed probably in the hand of the author (Tamīz al-Dīn ibn Muḥammad Yāvar), for the Maṭbaʿ Aysiyātik Līthūgrāfik Kanpī (sic, Asiatic Lithographic Company), dār al-ḥukūmat Calcutta, 1244/1828.

Minute scribal nastaʿlīq, arranged in three vertical columns and a lower panel, two vertical columns for the Būstān, the third vertical column and the lower panel reserved for the lexicon and commentary.

Verses counted in accordance with the chapters or bāb.

Paginated in Persian, with stamped foliation.

Original covers lost.

Only front board remaining from later tooled leather covers (board delaminating revealing Kaithi accounts).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 155 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 292 × 162 mm.



Origin: 1244 AH (1828) Calcutta, Kalkattah India, Kolkata

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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