Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3974 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Mirat-i Aftab-numa


1 copy of Mirʾāt-i āftāb numā by ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Shāhnavāz Khān Hāshimī Banbānī Dihlavī

Universal history with a more detailed account for the reign of Emperor Shāh ʿĀlam, whose takhalluṣ or pseudonym was Āftāb (sun)

Consists of preface and an account beginning with Prince Aʿẓam Shāh to year 30 of Emperor Shāh ʿĀlam

Not dated

Language(s): Persian

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

Filiation: Copied from a manuscript in the library of "the late" Shāh Umīd ʿAlī at Jaunpur

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 28 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 210 × 340 mm.


At least 3 hands: 1) neat nastaʿlīq; 2) rough nastaʿlīq; 3) small and cramped inelegant nastaʿlīq




Origin: 1895 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

William Irvine

Muḥammad ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz of Bhitrī


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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/5


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