Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4020 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Vaqa'i'-i Kohistan


1 copy of Vaqāʾiʿ-i kūhistān by Muḥammad Faz̤l ʿAẓīm "ʿAẓīm"

Combined prose (nas̲r) and versified (mas̲navī) account of the Nepalese war, 1814-16, completed before 1269 / 1853

Author was an eyewitness to the events, having accompanied William Fraser (political agent to General Martindell's army) as secretary

Author also wrote another mas̲navī, Shamʿ-i shabistān, on the love of an unnamed youth for a lady named Navratan, completed in 1269 / 1853

Not dated

Language(s): Persian

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

Filiation: Copied from lithographed edition published at the Muṣṭafāʾī Press, Shāhjahānābād, in 1269 / 1853

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 73 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 147 × 241 mm.


Rough and inelegant nastaʿlīq

in watery ink. Scribe: Hari Parshād


Note by William Irvine on brown-paper cover: "Got through Mr Rustomjee at Fathpur. Rec.d 15/5/93"



Origin: 1800 - 1893 CE ; 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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 6_237r


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