Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 690B (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 comprises only the muqaddimah and first ṣaḥīfah (comprising twelve maqālah), making up the chronicle’s first volume.

Not dated at end; datable to the seventeenth century.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 199 ff.



Origin: 17th 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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