Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 507B (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Rūznāmachah by ʿĀlī

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Historical work entitled Rūznāmachah, a satirical account in refined prose and poetry of the campaign launched by Timurid (Mughal) Emperor ʿĀlamgīr I besieging and finally overrunning the capital of the Deccani Quṭb Shāhī Sultanate, Ḥaydarābād( Hyderabad), in RY 30 or 1097/1686, composed by the physician, historian, litterateur, prose stylist, and poet, Mīrzā Nūr al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Ḥakīm Fatḥ al-Dīn Shīrāzīentitled Niʿmat Khān, Muqarrab Khān, and Dānishmand Khān, takhalluṣ ʿĀlī(d. 1121/1710), who worked successively under the patronage of the Timurid (Mughal) Emperors Shāh Jahān I, ʿĀlamgīr I, and Bahādur Shāh I.

This copy is heavily annotated in margins and interlinear spaces, probably in the hand of Muḥammad Karīm Allāh, whose endorsement occurs on the first page (f. 1r).

Not dated at end.

Stamped foliation.

Rough scribal nastaʿlīq and shikastah āmīz.

Binding damaged (decorated paper spattered with red ink, edged with brown leather over pasteboards), labels.

Folios bound; occasional wormholes.

Condition fair.

Author: ʿĀlī عالى

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 70 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × 160 mm.



Origin: 1830 - 1850 CE ; 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


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