Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3946 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Javahir-i shahi


1 copy of Javāhir-i shāhī by Jawhar Aftābah'chī

Alternative title stated in colophon: Tārīkh-i Humāyūnī

Official chronicle of Humāyūn Pādshāh by his ewer-bearer, by order of Akbar Pādshāh

Version differs from other standard editions with parts attributed to Ilāhdād Fayz̤ī

According to Storey, "one would be disposed to regard this MS. as representing Jauhar's original draft, rather than a recension."

Although the colophon dates the volume to the mid seventeenth century, this is likely to be a later copy (circa early eighteenth century) with the original colophon reproduced verbatim

Language(s): Persian

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

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 164 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 148 × 241 mm.


Rough nastaʿlīq and shikastah āmīz. Scribe: Chandarbhān ... known as sāravāl (?)of qaṣbah Thanesar


Several notes and letters of correspondence at beginning



Origin: 17 Jum. II 1060, regnal year 24 of Shāh Jahān I AH; 17 June 1650 CE Sarāy of Shaykh Farīd known as Murtaz̤á Khān, Markaz al-Salṭanat Shāhjahānābād ; Delhi, 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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/6_f073r


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