Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4053 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

List of rulers, Mogul and Bengal


Title of probably doubtful authenticity on title page (f. 1r): Ās̲ār-i salaf

Author not identified

List of Muslim rulers of 1) Hindustan (north India), extending from King Shihāb al-Dīn Ghūrī to Timurid or Mughal Emperor ʿĀlamgīr II; 2) Bengal, extending from the Sultanate period sultans to the Mughal nāẓims, until Z̲ī al-Ḥijjah 1209 / 1795

Ruled jadvals include the ruler's name / title, date of accession, date of death

Although Storey understands a date written on the title page (f. 1r) to be the date of completion (1212 / 1797-8), this is invalidated by the inclusion of a later date in the opening statement (Z̲ī al-Ḥijjah 1215 / 1801, regnal year 43 of Emperor Shāh ʿĀlam)

Defective at end

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 47 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 108 × 175 mm.


Clear, calligraphic nastaʿlīq




Origin: Z̲ī al-Ḥijjah 1215, regnal year 43 of Shāh ʿĀlam AH; 1801 CE Lucknow, Avadh (Uttar Pradesh State) ; 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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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


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