Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3961 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Sultan al-tavarikh


1 copy of Sulṭān al-tavārīkh by Fakhr al-Dawlah Dabīr al-Mulk Rājah Ratan Singh ibn Rāy Bālak Rām Lakhnavī Barīlavī

Official chronicle ordered by Muḥammad Amjad ʿAlī Shāh, King of Avadh, covering his patrilineal ancestors from Ādam to Muḥammad ʿAlī Shāh

Begins with muqaddimah (introduction) containing genealogical tables, followed by 12 bāb (chapters) covering eras and reigns of the later nawabs and kings

Language(s): Persian

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

Filiation: Transcribed for Irvine at Farrukhabad

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 205 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 230 × 357 mm.


Some leaves at beginning and end torn and damaged by water; conserved and remounted


Careful nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Aḥmad ʿAlī Khān Farrukhābādī




Origin: 27 November 1878 CE Farrukhabad ; 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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/7


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