Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1555* (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Āʾīn-i Akbarī by ʿAllāmī Shaykh Abū al-Faz̤l Nāgawrī

Language(s): Persian, Arabic, Urdu

Complete copy of the compendious gazetteer Āʾīn-i Akbarī, the last volume of the official regnal chronicle, the Akbar'nāmah, by ʿAllāmī Shaykh Abū al-Faz̤l Nāgawrī, commissioned by the Timurid (Mughal) ruler, Emperor Akbar I (d. 1014/1605).

The work comprises an introduction, three sections termed daftar, and a conclusion containing the author’s partial autobiography.

Not dated at end.

Painted illustrations (ff. 36v, 37v, 69r, 69v, 284v, 285r).

Diagrams and tables (ff. 11v-12r, 16r-18v, 20r. 20v-22r, 25r-26v, 30v-32v, 35v-36r, 55v-57r, 71r-74v,75v-76r, 83v-84r, 88v-89r, 97v-127v, 130v-142v, 145r-147r, 148r-153r, 154v-159r, 160r-164v, 166v, 168r-172r, 172v, 173, 175r-178v, 181r-183v, 186r-190r, 191r, 194v-198v, 199r-201r, 202v-203v, 207v-209v, 213v-214r, 216r, 225r, 225v-232v, 235r, 235v, 238r, 257).

Scribal nastaʿlīq occasionally lapsing into shikastah āmīz, on oriental papers occasionally tinted pale blue.

Annotations, occasionally dense.

Stamped foliation.

Original covers lost.

Folios unbound; cropped, creased, stained, wormholes, later repairs.

Condition fragile.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 312 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 328 × 200 mm.



Origin: Second half or the 18th century; 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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