Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

I.O. Islamic 3958 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts, William Irvine

Insha collections and histories


Collection of Timurid letters, Mughal and Afghan histories

ff. 1-33

Untitled and unattributed, but substantial portion of the Timurid collection of private and official courtly letters, the Inshāʾ-i Mīram of Mīram Siyāh

Signed and dated at end (Tuesday, 12 Ṣafar 1198 / 1784)

Language(s): Persian
ff. 34-138

Timurid collection of private and official courtly letters

Dated at end (Lucknow, 15 Rabīʿ I 1198 / 1784)

Language(s): Persian
ff. 139-166
Title: Untitled

Untitled account of Aḥmad Shāh Abdālī following the third battle of Panipat (1761), written at the request of Captain Jonathan Scott in 1169

Not dated

Language(s): Persian
ff. 167-210

Extracts from the official regnal chronicle for the reign of the Timurid or Mughal Emperor Farrukh Siyar

Not dated

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 210 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 227 × 205 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: Lucknow India; Late 18th century CE

Provenance and Acquisition


William Irvine

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3. Available on British Library Digitised Manuscripts, manuscript number: MSS Eur E207/9_f069r


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