Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Elliott 287 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts Elliott Collection


1 copy of Ḥayrat al-Abrār by Alisher Navoiĭ, 1441-1501

Incipit: بسم الله الرحمٰن الرحیم رشته عا چیکتی نیچا درّ یتیم
Language(s): Chagatai, Persian

The first mathnawī of Navāʼī's Khamsah. For the other three surviving volumes of a five volume set copied by the same anonymous scribe, see: MS. Elliott 408, MS. Elliott 317, and MS. Elliott 339


Ethé 2116

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 57 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 10¾ × in.



Small, but distinct Nastaʻlīq


Origin: Rajab 890 AH; July-August 1485 CE

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on: Beeston, A. F. L. (Alfred Felix Landon); Ethé, Hermann, 1844-1917.; Sachau, Eduard, 1845-1930; Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford; at the Clarendon Press 1889-1953


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