Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 753 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Selections in Persian translation of the universal history, the Akhbār al-rusul va al-mulūk


1 copy of Akhbār al-rusul va al-mulūk

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Untitled collection of select episodes from a Persian translation, possibly the version translated in 352 by Abū ʿAlī Muḥammad Balʿamī(d. 363/973), based on the universal history, the Akhbār al-rusul va al-mulūk, by Abū Jaʿfar Muḥammad ibn Jarīr al-Ṭabarī(d. 310/923).


Additional clarifications of subject matter in margins.

Not dated at end.

Neat scribal nastaʿlīq.


Loose folded paper wrapper (ledger, probably from an Acquittance Roll, dated April 1828, Calcutta), upper and lower parts missing, watermarked (J Whatman, UEIC 1825, Balston & Co.); torn, stained, and incomplete.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 58 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 231 × 133 mm.



Origin: 1650 - 1749 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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