Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4562 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts


1 copy of ʻAhdnāmah by Different authors

A copy of the Persian text of the Treaty of Commerce negotiated between the East India Company and the Nauwāb Āṣaf al-Daulah of Oudh, آصف الدوله , and signed by Lord Cornwallis, Governor-General, on behalf of the Company, and by the Nawab-Wazir for himself, on 15th July, 1788.See Aitchison 1893, page 15.

The text of the treaty was printed at Calcutta in 1788, in English, Persian, and Bengali: this pamphlet, one of the incunabula of Persian and Bengali printing, is now exceedingly rare, but a copy is preserved in the India Office ibrary

A note on the fly-leaf, in a hand dated 1828, reads: "Written for his Highness's own use."

Language(s): Persian


For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, pages 355-6.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 22 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 5.7 × 3.2 in.
Dimensions (written): 3.6 × 2.1 in.


Indian calligraphic shikastah



Margins ruled in gilt


Origin: Late 18th century CE

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on A. J. Arberry: Hand-List of Islamic Manuscripts acquired by the India Office Library, 1936–8. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (New Series) (1939), 71: pp 353-396


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