Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 15658 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Lata’if al-lughat


1 copy of Laṭā’if al-lughāt by ‘Abd al-Laṭīf ibn ‘Abd Allāh al-‘Abbāsī

A glossary of the Masnavī-’i ma‘navī, by Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī (d. 672/1273). The work was compiled by ‘Abd al-Laṭīf ibn ‘Abd Allāh al-‘Abbāsī, also known as Kabīrīyah Gujarātī (d. 1048 or 1049/1638 or 1639). It deals with all the words in the Masnavī that were not in his time used in everyday Persian, listing them in alphabetical order by the first and last letters.

‘Abd al-Laṭīf al-‘Abbāsī, who also produced a revised and annotated edition of the Masnavī and a commentary on the difficult passages, took twelve years to compose the glossary, in which he was assisted by Mawlānā Ibrāhīm Dihlavī.

Other contents: f. 1r-2r, passages from a work on grammar and the usage of certain words; 2r and 2v, ownership seal; f. 222r-225, miscellaneous verses, etc.; 22v, tables of stations of the moon, names of Iranian months, etc.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 225 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 268 × 183 mm.


Paper, dry and somewhat brittle; some light worming and damp staining.


Good nastaʻlīq


Words defined and headings in red.



Modern binding in half green leather: Rafiq Binding Works, Karachi.


Origin: 7 Shavvāl, regnal year 4 (1700 - 1799) AH ; India

Provenance and Acquisition


Acquired from Christies sale 12 October 2000, part of Lot 223.

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.


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