Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 591 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Taz̲kirat al-Salāṭīn-i Chaghatā by Muḥammad Hādī Kāmvar Khān, vol. 1


The first of two volumes of a history of the Timurids covering the origin of the Turks up to the death of Jahāngīr.

Title: تذكرة السلاطين چغتا
Colophon: Completed by Shimbhū’nāth Kāyath Māthur in Shahjahanabad on 17 Ramazan 1255 corresponding to the 25th of November 1839, year 3 of Abū Ẓafar Sirāj al-Dīn Muḥammad Bahādur Shāh.
Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. ii+430+ii (omitting f. 198)
Dimensions (leaf): 290 × 165 mm.
Dimensions (written): 215 × 100 mm.

India Office foliation in pencil.


Catchwords throughout on the bottom-centre of the verso.


Slightly worm-eaten and damp-stained, loose leaves, detached binding.


17 lines per page.


Shikastah-amiz; copied in black ink, with headings in red. Copied by Shimbhū’nāth Kāyath Māthur.


Note on f. ii recto: "This book belong [sic] to Shimbunath and Bishundernath and …[illegible] 9 March 1848."

Note on endpaper: "This belong to [sic] Bishundernath is the son of Shimbunath and Shimbunath is the son of Mohkun(?) Singh and Mohkun(?) Singh is the son of Soornie Singh."


Red leather binding without flap with ruled and embossed pasted border.


Black Government of India Delhi MSS oval stamp (ff. 1r, 430v).


Origin: 17 Ramazan 1255 corresponding to the 25th of November 1839; Shahjahanabad, India

Provenance and Acquisition

Belonged to Shimbunath and Bishundernath in March 1848.

Purchased by the Government of India at sale organised by Delhi Prize Agents, 1859. Administrative deposit India Office Library, 1876.

Acquired by the Government of India in 1876

Record Sources

Based on C.A. Storey's description in Drafts for Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library vol III Mss Eur E207/6, ff. 50-51. Revised by Ursula Sims-Williams


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    C.A. Storey, Persian Literature: A Bio-bibliographical Survey, in Storey Online, , vol. 1 §681.

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