Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3941 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Mir'at al-ahval-i jahan-numa


1 copy of Mirʾāt al-aḥvāl-i jahān numā by Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ʿAlī ibn Muḥammad Bāqir al-Iṣfahānī al-mashhūr bi-al-Bihbahānī

Incorrect title (f. 3r): Taz̲kirah-yi Mīrzā Muḥammad Bāqir Lāhawrī

Autobiography, beginning with biographical notices of prominent Shi'ite scholars related to the author: 1) Muḥammad Taqī, 2) Muḥammad Bāqir ibn Muḥammad Taqī, 3) Muḥammad Ṣaliḥ, 4) Muḥammad Bāqir ibn Muḥammad Akmal al-Bihbihānī

Bears a dedication to Muḥammad ʿAlī Khān Bahādur Qājār

Concludes (ff. 261r-321v) with a description of the world according to Copernicus, discussing China, the Pope (Pāpā), and royal dynasties of England from the Saxon Kingdoms to the Hanoverian, King George III ("the English are very pleased with him"), describing London, and terminating abruptly with a discussion on English laws (subsequent folios lost)

Language(s): Persian

Transcribed by order of G. J. Nicholls, Judge at Farrukhabad, from a manuscript obtained from Agra

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 316 ff. (earlier Persian foliation on verso)
Dimensions (leaf): 145 × 205 mm.


Gauze overlay; water staining and smudges; worm holes

Folios trimmed and remounted before present binding


Rough scribal nastaʿlīq




Origin: 1810 - 1850 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

William Irvine


William Irvine

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3. Available on British Library Digitised Manuscripts, manuscript number: MSS Eur E207/16


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