Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3955 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Mughal court and Bengal, histories and letters


Collection of histories and letters covering affairs of the eighteenth-century Timurid or Mughal court and government of Bengal

1. ff. 1-117

Excerpt from Munshī Salīm Allāh's Tārīkh-i Bangālah commission by Henry Vansittart

Language(s): Persian
2. ff. 136v-150

Untitled and unattributed brief history, covering the reigns of Timurid or Mughal Emperor Farrukh Siyar to Emperor ʿĀlamgīr II

Appended at end (3 ff.): historical passage relating to ʿImād al-Mulk Ghāzī al-Dīn Khān's retirement to Farrukhabad

Language(s): Persian
3. ff. 151-169

Transcripts of letters (14 in total) relating to the affairs of government in 18th cent. Bengal

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 169 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 228 × 152 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 18th century CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition


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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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_f273r


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