Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 485* (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of ʿĀlamgīr'nāmah by Muḥammad Kāẓim ibn Muḥammad Amīn ibn Abū al-Ḥusayn al-Qazvīnī

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Substantial fragment from a fine copy of the official regnal chronicle commissioned by the Timurid Emperor ʿĀlamgīr I, written by Munshīʾ Muḥammad Kāẓim (d. 1092/1681), son of the historian for Emperor Shāh Jahān I, Munshīʾ ‘Amīnā’ Muḥammad Amīn ibn Abū al-Ḥusayn al-Qazvīnī.

The annalist chronicle covers the war of succession leading to the overthrow of Emperor Shāh Jahān I, and Prince Muḥammad Awrangzīb Bahādur’s accession to the throne as emperor, followed by the first ten regnal years.

Defective at end.

Not dated at end.

Neat calligraphic nastaʿlīq.

Stamped and Persian foliation.

Binding damaged (front board consists of combed marble paper with brown leather edging over delaminating and crumbling pasteboard; back board consists of deep brown leather over delaminating and crumbling pasteboard, revealing Kaithi texts), labels.

Folios unbound; wormholes, cropped, light water stains, creased and stained edges, powdered chalk interspersed throughout.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 557 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 246 × 147 mm.



Origin: Late 17th to early 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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