Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4058 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Fragment on chess


Untitled fragment dealing with the techniques of Asiatic chess

The work is organised into muqaddimah, followed by two bāb further split into faṣl and qism

Contains a section on Firangī or European chess

Second bāb on shaṭranj-i kabīr omitted here

With diagrams

The work contains a reference indistinctly attributing authorship to a certain Dhīrdhar of the qawm of Kāthah (=Kāyath/Kāyastha), resident in the district Mohanpur, in the parganah of Itawa, in [sarkār] Akbarābād (Agra)

Colophon (f. 207v): completed in Shahjahanabad, in the Dharampūrah muḥallah adjoining the Masjid-i Ganjūr in the Haveli of Fatḥ Khān and Dāʾī-jān Bībī, on Tuesday, 4 Z̲ī Qaʿdah 1190/15 December 1776, Kārtik 1838 Samat, regnal year 23 of Emperor Shāh ʿĀlam's reign, by Satī (?) Rām Pandit

Annotations at beginning

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 14 ff. (ff. 193r-207v)
Dimensions (leaf): 200 × 140 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: Tuesday, 4 Z̲ī Qaʿdah 1190, Kārtik 1838 Samat, regnal year 23 of Emperor Shāh ʿĀlam's reign AH; 15 December 1776 CE Shahjahanabad ; Delhi, India


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