The Ma'arij al-nubuwwah was compiled by Mu'in al-Din binHajji Muhammad Sharaf al-Din al-Farahi al-Haravi al-Miskin in Herat on 1 Rabi' I AH 891/8 March 1486 AD. The text comprises a detailed history of the Prophet Muhammad and consists of a long introduction, four chapters (rukn) and an epilogue.
A copy of the text dated AH 1137/1724-25 AD is in the Edinburgh University Library (M. Ashraful Hukk, H. Ethe & E. Robertson, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Arabic and Persian Manuscripts in Edinburgh University Library, 1925, cat. 190). In that catalogue entry the following are given as other known copies: Rieu (B.M.P. Catalogue I, p.149 sq); Bodleian Catalogue, pp.128-130; Aumer (Munich Catalogue, p.100); Ethe (I.O. Catalogue, pp.134-44); Stewart (Descriptive Catalogue, p.22). Ours, which is dated 1539, is a very early copy of the work. Another copy, dated AH 1019/1610-11 AD and attributed to Bukhara, sold in these Rooms, 8 April 2008, lot 191.