Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1103 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Taṣḥīḥ-i mas̲navī


Summary of Contents: Commentary by an unnamed author on the 6th daftar of the Mas̲navī-i maʻnavī by Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī. Copied in Shahjahanabad and dated 27 Jumada II 1122/1710.
Title: تصحیح مثنوی
Incipit: بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم. شرح دیباچه تبیان به فتح تاء و کسر آن بمعنی بیان. مصباح چراغ. ظلام جمع ظلمت. نافذ جاری.
Explicit: به تاریخ ۲۷ جمادی الثانی به روز یکشنبه در مقام شاهجهان آباد سنه هجری هزار و صد و بیست و دو سنه بهادرشاهی چهار به فیض الملک العلام به اتمام رسید مسمی به اسم تصحیح مثنوی که تاریخش نیز همین است نموده شد. اللهم والخ.
Colophon: کاتب این نسخه شریفه فقیر حقیر عبدالرسول ولد شیخ عبدالقادر مرحوم ساکن سهرند در دهلی کهنه نوشته شد روز پنجشنبه به تاریخ پنجم شهر رجب المرجب سنه ۷ محمدشاهی.
Colophon: The copyist is ʻAbd al-Rasūl son of Shaykh ʻAbd al-Qādir, deceased, who lived in Sarhand. He completed it in Old Delhi on Thursday, 5 Rajab regnal year 7 of Muḥammad Shāh (1138 AH, corresponding to 9 March 1726).

A partially illegible note on f. 1r records the title as Laṭāʼif-i mas̲navī-i sharīf by Muḥibb Allāh Ilāh....

The title, Taṣḥīḥ-i mas̲navī is a chronogram indicating the year 1122 AH (1710/11).

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. ii+80+wrapper
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × 160 mm.
Dimensions (written): 195 × 110 mm.

India Office stamped foliation.




Slightly worm-eaten. Loose leaves. Without binding and encased in a wrapper.


17 lines per page.


Nastaʻlīq, with a few shikasta elements. Copied in black ink. Overlinings and beginnings of the quotes in red.


ٔFolio 1r contains a note listing ingredients, a recipe and a poem mentioning different places, such as Hindustān and Khurāsān.

Folio 79r contains jottings and a note stating that the true owner of this book is Allah.


Black Government of India Delhi MSS oval stamp (ff. 1r, 79v ).

Accompanying Material

Wrapper: East India Company regulation dated 1819.


Origin: 5 Rajab regnal year 7 of Muḥammad Shāh (1138/1726); Delhi, 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 in1876

Record Sources

Based on R. Levy's description in Drafts for Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. III, Mss Eur E207/113, f. 42r. Revised by Sheida Heydarishovir


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