Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 570A (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Akbar'nāmah by ʿAllāmī Shaykh Abū al-Faz̤l Nāgawrī

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Complete copy of the first daftar or book of the Akbar'nāmah by ʿAllāmī Shaykh Abū al-Faz̤l Nāgawrī, an official regnal chronicle commissioned by the Timurid (Mughal) ruler, Emperor Akbar I (d. 1014/1605).

This is an important copy used in preparation of the Asiatic Society’s Bibliotheca Indica Persian edition of the work by its editors, especially Mawlavī ʿAbd al-Raḥīm and a certain Benjamin ṣāḥib.

Dated colophon (f. 285v): completed by 1220/1805.

Neat miniscule nastaʿlīq tending to shikastah āmīz by a modern hand, possibly copied in the region of Hānsī.

Text transcribed obliquely on a small number of folios (ff. 194, 278-9, 281, 285r).

Modern editorial markings in pencil and ink in margins throughout.

Binding of combed marble paper over pasteboard, damaged; labels.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 285 ff. (+5)
Dimensions (leaf): 228 × 133 mm.



Origin: 1220 AH; 1805 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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