Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4247 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Fath Ali Shah's letter to Gore Ouseley on terms of treaty


1 copy of Farmān

Edict or farmān with the seal of Fatḥ ʿAlī Shāh (dated 1217/1802) and invocation, addressesed to Gore Ouseley, but unusually does not refer to him as the English ambassador or īlchī, mentions the receipt of his petition through Ḥakīm Kumayl and presentation through the interventions of senior courtiers; comments on the adequacy of preparations for travel; ends with praise and leave to make further inquiries

Dated: Shaʿbān 1230/July-August 1815

Clear and confident shikastah āmīz; gold ṭughrā style invocation and shikastah āmīz invocation at top

Irregularly cropped, stained, old fold lines, and creases

IOL stamp: 1 May 1919

Seal impressions and signatures on the reverse: ʿAbd al-Karīm al-Mūsavī 1220; ʿAbd al-Vahhāb al-Mūsavī 1224; Muḥammad Shafīʿ 1218;

Watermark: Cyrillic inscriptions dated 1814

Language(s): Persian & English & Russian
Title: Farmān
Title: فرمان

Physical Description

Form: leaf
Extent: 1 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 495 × 396 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: Shaʿbān 1230 (July - August 1815) AH ; Iran & India


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