Delhi Persian 690A (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)
India Office Library
1 copy of Tāʾrīkh-i ʿālam'ārā-yi ʿAbbāsī by Iskandar munshīʾ
Official regnal chronicle written in refine prose and poetry covering the reign of the Safavid ruler, Shāh ʿAbbās I (d. 1038/1629), by his chief secretary, Iskandar Bayg the munshīʾ, completed in 1038/1628-9.
This copy begins with the muqaddimah, followed by the first ṣaḥīfah (comprising twelve maqālah), and ends with the second maqṣad.
Partially dated colophon (f. 453v): completed Thursday morning, 17 Jumādá al-S̲ānī of an unspecified year; datable to the early nineteenth century.
Multiple rough and awkward nastaʿlīq hands.
Detached tooled reddish leather boards.
Provenance and Acquisition
Purchased by the Government of India at sale organised by Delhi Prize Agents, 1859; administrative deposit India Office Library, 1876
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