Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 573 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Aḥsan al-kibār fī maʻrifat al-aʼimmat al-aṭhār by Muḥammad ibn Abī Zayd ibn ʿArabshāh ʿAlavī Varāmīnī


Summary of Contents: The first twelve chapters of a Shiʻite work on the Imams by Muḥammad ibn Abī Zayd ibn ʻArabshāh ibn Abī Zayd ibn Aḥmad ibn al-Ḥusayn al-ʻAlavī al-Ḥusaynī al-Varāmīnī (f. 350r), begun in 739/1338-9 (f. 95v)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 365 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 200 × 130 mm.

India Office stamped foliation.




Unbound, loose folios; worm-eaten, margins repaired in places.


14 lines per page.


Small and mostly neat nastaʻliq; black ink with headings in red.


Some marginal notes.

Encased in wrapper made from discarded India Office official document.


Origin: Early 18th century 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.

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 E207/8, f.9r. Revised by Ursula Sims-Williams


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