Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 761 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous works on history, 3 items (a-c)


Summary of Contents: Miscellaneous collection of fragments from historical works, followed by Arabic prayers, from multiple heterogeneous sources. Volume not dated. Rough nastaʿlīq and naskh. Limited annotations in margins. Not foliated. Lacking original binding. Folios unbound; cropped, wormholes, later repairs. Condition fragile.

Language(s): Persian, Arabic

1. ff. 1v-12v
Language(s): Persian

Delhi Persian 761(a), ff. 1v-12v.

Untitled prose summary of the Persian epic, the Shāhnāmahof Firdawsīleading up to the Islamic conquest of Iran, written without preface, introduction, or formal conclusion by an unnamed author.

Not dated at end.

2. ff. 13r-28v

Delhi Persian 761(b), ff. 13r-28v.

Untitled fragment of a brief history summarising the period beginning with the incursions of Sulṭān Maḥmūd Ghaznavīextending to at least the invasion of Delhi by Nādir Shāh Afshār, by an unnamed author.

The work is defective at the end.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian
3. ff. 29r-76v

Delhi Persian 761(c), ff. 29r-76v.

Fragment of an extensive collection of untitled Arabic supplications.

Not dated at end.

Rough naskh.

Language(s): Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 76 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 160 × 106 mm.



Origin: 1750 - 1799 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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