Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1547 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Maʻlūmāt al-āfāq by Amīn al-Dīn Khān Haravī

Language(s): Persian

Maʻlūmāt al-āfāq (Knowledge of the Horizons), an illustrated geography by Amīn al-Dīn Khān ibn Sayyid Abū al-Makārim Amīr Khān Ḥusaynī Haravī on the seven climes, their marvels and natural products and including a gazetteer of the principal towns. Mention of the Emperor Aurangzeb as deceased gives a date of composition of after 1707 (See Storey, Persian Literature II, p. 142 and Simon Digby, “Beyond the Ocean: Perceptions of Overseas in Indo-Persian Sources of the Mughal Period”, Studies in History 15.2 ns (1999), pp. 256-8).

Preceded by a list of contents (ff. 1v-4r). Profusely illustrated.

ff. 189; 15 lines per page; nastaʻliq; rubrications; ruled margins; ill.; dated 28 Sha’ban 1226 (17 Sep. 1811)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. v+191+iii
Dimensions (leaf): 221 × 130 mm.





Original board preserved in IOL binding of 1921.


Origin: 28 Sha’ban 1226 (17 Sep. 1811) AH ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

Purchased by the Government of India at sale organised by Delhi Prize Agents, 1859; administrative deposit India Office Library, 1876.


Government of India

Record Sources

Based on description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3. Available on British Library Digitised Manuscripts, manuscript number: MSS Eur E207/22_f140r, f. 140r.


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