Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 608B (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Akbarnāmah by Abu ʼl-Faz̤l, dafter 2


Summary of Contents: Abu’l-Fazl’s history of the reign of Akbar, described as the second half of cycle three (dawr), covering regnal years 37-50 (1592-1605).
Title: اکبر نامه

The scribe has indicated the letter h (ه) by repeating a subscript version underneath‍.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. ii+320+ii
Dimensions (leaf): 325 × 205 mm.
Dimensions (written): 235 × 117 mm.

Pencilled foliation.


Catchwords in the centre of the verso.


Detached binding.


Mixed prose with verses in two columns, 11 lines per page.


Fair nastaʻlīq; copied in black ink, with headings in red.


Text block is framed in black, red and gold with a further page frame in a single black line.


Notes in a later hand on ff. 1r and 319v describe this volume as the second half of the third cycle (dawr).


Red leather detached contemporary binding with floral and circular designed white embossed paper central medallion, four pendants on vertical axis, corners and three-banded border; gold-ruled frame; leather doublure with gold rulings. Identical to binding of Delhi Persian 608C


Black Government of India Delhi MSS oval stamp (ff. 1r, 319v, 320v).


Origin: Undated, probably 18th century CE. ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

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. 87-88. . Revised by Ursula Sims-Williams


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