Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

I.O. Islamic 4559 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

A volume containing two separate works


Summary of Contents: 2 works by Unknown on the subjects of Persian language Glossaries and India History 1000-1765
1. ff. 1-15
Author: Unknown

A glossary of obsolete words, occurring in the Gulshan-i Ibrāhīmī (or Tārikh-i Firishtah) of Muhammad Qāsim "Firishtah", محمد قاسم فرشته , who brought his narrative down to 1015

This glossary was compiled for John Briggs, the celebrated editor and translator of Ferishtah, by Khairāt ʻAlī Khān “Mushtāq”, خیرات علی خان مشتاق in 1241

Language(s): Persian


For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 354.
2. ff. 17-32
Author: Unknown

In prose with some verse

A fragment of this work, corresponding with vol. i, pp. 339(8)-387(15) of the Bombay 1832 edition

The margins are filled with notes of collation and interpretation, and it would appear from Briggs's remarks, quoted above, that these addenda are in Briggs's own hand

Language(s): Persian


For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, pages 354-5.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 32 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 17 × 10.7 in.
Dimensions (written):


Clear Indian Nastaʻlīq



Origin: Early 19th century CE

Provenance and Acquisition

The manuscript was accessioned in 1936

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on A. J. Arberry: Hand-List of Islamic Manuscripts acquired by the India Office Library, 1936–8. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (New Series) (1939), 71: pp 353-396


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