Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 15661 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Zad al-musafirin


1 copy of Zād al-musāfirīn by Muḥammad Mahdī ibn ‘Alī Naqī

A guide to preservation of health and self-treatment for travellers, by Muḥammad Mahdī ibn ‘Alī Naqī. The work was completed at Isfahan in 1141/1728, during the Afghan invasion, for Mīrzā Muḥammad Ismā‘īl.

It comprises two parts (maṭlab): on preventive health and hygiene, and on the treatment of certain ailments treatable without the aid of a physician.

The present manuscript is slightly incomplete at the end.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 134 ff (plus 43 blank and blank endpapers).
Dimensions (leaf): 204 × 118 mm.

Original foliation on versos, reaching 136


9 lines per page


Small nastaʻlīq.


Black overlining; catchwords on versos; brief heading indicating the subject of the current section, top left of rectos.



European-style black morocco binding, rounded at the corners, with gilt lettering on spine and border lines, naming the author as ‘Latif Ali Naki’ and estimating the date of copying as ca. 1800.


Origin: 1750 - 1849 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition


Acquired from Bonhams sale 11 October 2000, part of Lot 128.

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.


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