1865: First published edition of a classic history of Mughal India
The Muntakhab al-tawárikh of Abd al-Qádir bin-i-Malúk Sháh al Badáoni.
Edited by Maulavi Ahmad Ali. Calcutta Published as part of the Bibliotheca Indica series of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, and printed at the College Press 1865-69
Three volumes, pp.492; 457; 411. Text in Persian. Bibliotheca Indica. Bound in contemporary quarter red morocco, marbled boards. Spines rubbed. Some foxing to title pages, but otherwise a very good set. With the bookplate of M. Charles-Henri-Auguist Schefer, the distinguished 19th-century French diplomat and orientalist renowned for his personal library.
A history of India from the Muslim conquest down to the 40th year of the Mughal emperor Akbar's reign, A. H. 1004, or 1595 A.D. The first volume deals mainly with the reigns of the Mughal emperors Babur and Humayun; the third volume describes the life and works of various Muslim religious figures, poets, scholars, and physicians. The second volume, arguably the most interesting, contains a rather critical account of Akbar's reign and particularly his religious 'free-thinking' – Bada'uni was writing from an orthodox Sunni perspective.