Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 690A (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Tāʾrīkh-i ʿālam'ārā-yi ʿAbbāsī by Iskandar munshīʾ

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

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.

Polychrome rulings.

Multiple rough and awkward nastaʿlīq hands.


Detached tooled reddish leather boards.

Folios detached.

Condition poor.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 453 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 292 × 183 mm.



Origin: Early 19th 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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