Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3957 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Account of Maratha Wars


Title lacking, endorsed on label attached to binding as Bhāʾo'nāmah (Bhāʾū'nāmah)

Untitled account of Maratha wars from 1171-1199 / 1757-1785

Written by author in Benares (Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India), in 1201 / 1786-7, for Governor-General Cornwallis

Acquired by ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz, 15 July 1891

Not dated

Language(s): Persian

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

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 46 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 143 × 242 mm.


Good scribal nastaʿlīq




Seal at front (f. 1r) of Amīr Muḥammad Khvurram [sic] Bakht Bahādur Gūrkānī, with adjacent note, Muḥammad Khvurram [sic] Bakht Ḥanafī Qādirī Gūrkānī, dated 1212 / 1797-8

Seal of Timurid prince: Amīr Muḥammad Khurram Bakht Bahādur Ḥanafī Qādirī Gūrgānī


Origin: 1790 - 1800 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

William Irvine

Amīr Muḥammad Khurram Bakht Bahādur Ḥanafī Qādirī Gūrgānī


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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/7


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