Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4561 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Kullīyāt-i Ibn-i Yamīn by Fakhr al-Dīn Maḥmūd b. Yamīn al-Dīn Muḥammad Mustaufī, d. 769/1368

A superb copy of the complete poetical writings of the author

This manuscript contains some 14.000 verses, and therefore greatly exceeds the laborious compilation of 8.000 couplets made by Mīrzā, Akbar ʻAlī Khān "Dihkhudā" (see ’54-60); it is doubtless the oldest and most complete copy of Ibn-i Yamīn's poems in existence

The poems, which are divided into groups - the Mnqaṭṭaʼāt begin on fol. 103, the Ghazalīyāt on fol. 208, the Rubā'īyāt on fol. 295 - are followed (fol. 373b) by a collection of Munshʼāt or letters, some dated, likewise by Ibn-i Yamīn

Language(s): Persian


For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 355.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 396 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 10.6
Dimensions (written): 7.2 × 5.3 in.


Good Persian taʻlīq


Exquisite ʻunwān on fol. 1b

Rubrications, ruled borders

Fine medallion on fol. 1a


Origin: 15th century CE

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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