Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4043 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Guldastah-yi Bihar


1 copy of Guldastah-'i Bihār by Rāy Bihārī Rām

Excerpts from a larger collection of letters found in the library of Rajah Chhabelah Ram of Gujarat, the compilor's paternal uncle, put into order for educational purposes and as a memorial to his ancestors (aslāf)

Fragments consist of the beginning and very end portions, amounting to approximately a third of the orginal work

The author variously worked as munshīʾ for Sayyid ʿAbd Allāh Khān the mīr jumlah, Rawshan al-Dawlah Ẓafar Khān, and finally the vazīr al-mamālik, Chīn Qilīch Khān Āṣaf Jāh, under whose patronage he was appointed the nāʾib dīvān-i khāliṣah-yi sharīfah

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 damaged and fragmentary manuscript completed at Shāhjahānābād, 9 Rabīʿ al-S̲ānī 1139 / 1726, in the reign of Emperor Muḥammad Shāh

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 28 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 175 × 270 mm.


Clear nastaʿlīq

. Scribe: Muḥammad ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz of Bhitrī (?)




Origin: 24 August 1894 CE Bhitri ; 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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/9 9_56r


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