Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 80 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of a work by ʿAlī Qulī Khān

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Fragment from an untitled autobiography by ʿAlī Qulī Khān (fl. 1750), former governor of Rangpūr, set out in episodes as if assembled from dispatches or letters, but without indications of chronology, the names of addressees, or rubrication.

Defective at end.

Not dated at end.

Fluent Indian taʿlīq.

Annotations and corrections in margins and interlinear spaces.

Intermittent foliation in pencil.

Lacking original covers.

Plain paper dust wrapper.

Folios mostly bound; cropped, stains, creases, wormholes, some smudging, later paper repairs.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 56 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 222 × 152 mm.



Origin: Second half of the 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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