Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4552 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous Persian documents


Collection of miscellaneous, multilingual papers and correspondence from various nineteenth-century sources, including a large cartoon of traced mosque inscriptions once belonging to William Irvine. The majority of correspondence relates to William Moorcroft (1767-1825), is aborted expedition to Tibet in 1812, and the British East India Company’s failure to gain concessions from the rulers of Ladakh (Ladāgh)

Material additionally includes copies of seventeenth-century Timurid or Mughal farmāns, correspondence with Maharajah Ranjit Singh, ruler of Punjab, and a calligraphic tract on chronogrammatic and laudatory verses written on the walls of Tipu Sultan’s palace at Srirangapatnam

Annotations by Charles Ambrose Storey dated 18 December 1931, suggesting he was responsible for compiling the miscellaneous documents

Foliated, 42 folios, followed by an estimated 50 blank folios approximately

Language(s): Persian, Urdu, Tibetan, English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 42 ff. (+ 50 approx.)
Dimensions (leaf): 722 × 445 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 19th century CE ; India & London, United Kindgdom


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