Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 588 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Bayāz̤ by Bandah ʻAlī Bāsiṭī Niʻmat’Allāhī


Summary of Contents: An anthology of ancient and contemporary verses by Bandah ʻAlī Bāsiṭī Niʻmat Allāhī, copied at Lucknow (f. 1r) between 1162/1749 (f. 203r) and 1178/1764, the date of the author’s inscription on f. 1r.
Title: Bayāz̤
Title: بیاض
Colophon: Undated colophon (f. 203v): Copied by Muḥammad Bāqir ibn Ḥasan ʻAskarī.

The work is preceded (ff. i verso – v recto) by a thematic index.

The khāṭimah (ff 202v-204r) contains biographical details of the author.

Some marginal additions are in the hand of the compiler (eg. f. 49r).

Note (f. 1r) signed by the author, Bandah ʻAlī Bāsiṭī Niʻmat’Allāhī, dated 14 Jumada I, 1178 (9 Nov. 1764), mentions that this copy of his Bayāz̤ was copied in Lucknow and was presented by him to Sayyid Nūr ʻAlī.

This work appears to be substantially the same as Rylands Persian MS 646 , but different from British Library Delhi Persian 1303 .

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. vi+204+wrapper
Dimensions (leaf): 212 × 139 mm.
Dimensions (written):

India Office stamped foliation.


Catchwords throughout on the bottom-left corners of the verso.


Slightly worm-eaten and damp-stained. Without binding and encased in plain wrapper.


Written in 1 to 2 columns, with 15 lines per page.


Nastaʻlīq; copied in black ink, with headings and overlinings in red. Copied by Muḥammad Bāqir ibn Ḥasan ʻAskarī


Some marginal notes.

Plain wrapper with faded inscription “Reject worthless 14 Jan 1903.”


Black Government of India Delhi MSS stamp (f. ir, 1r, 204v).


Origin: Between 1749 and 1764 CE ; Lucknow, India

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by the author to Sayyid Nūr ʻAlī

Purchased by the Government of India at sale organised by Delhi Prize Agents, 1859; administrative deposit India Office Library, 1876.

Acquired by the Government of India in 1876

Record Sources

Based on C.A. Storey's description in Drafts for Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library vol III: MSS Eur E207/15, ff.260-61. Revised by Ursula Sims-Williams


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