<p style='text-align: justify;'> The first of an incomplete set of three volumes of the <i>Siyar al-Mutaʼakhkhirīn</i> (Review of Modern Times), together with <a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href='https://www.digitalcollections.manchester.ac.uk/view/MS-PERSIAN-00875'>Persian MS 875</a> (Vol. 2) and <a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href='https://www.digitalcollections.manchester.ac.uk/view/MS-PERSIAN-00876'>876</a> (Vol. 4), with the third volume wanting.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'> The author, Ghulām Husain Khān Ṭabaṭāḅāī (b. 1727 or 8) , a son of Patna Vice-Regent Sayyid ‘Alī Khān and cousin of Alīvardī Khān, Nawwab of Bengal (b. 1676 r. 1740–1756), composed this text in circa 1780–1784, and dedicated it to Governor-General of Bengal, Warren Hastings.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>A general history of India, the first part derives from earlier sources, while the second spans the death of the Mughal Emperor ‘Alamgīr I in 1707 until 1195 AH (1781 CE). Since the author relates many eyewitness accounts, historians regard it as a preeminent 18th-century source.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Delhi calligrapher Muḥammad Jān, son of Mughal treasurer Mīyan Muḥammad ‘Āshūrī, copied the volume in a bold nasta'liq hand in 1227 AH (1812 CE).</p>
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